Hades and Persephone by natasailincic

natasailincic: Hades and Persephone “Only-begotten, Plouton’s honor’d wife, O venerable Goddess, source of life; ‘Tis thine in earth’s profundities to dwell, fast by the wide and dismal gates of hell.” ~ watercolour, graphite, ink, PS. Private commission. [Facebook • DeviantArt • Official site • Twitter] © Nataša Ilinčić, please do not remove credits

Plynteria

Roman statue of a goddess, possibly Athena, wearing a peplos over a chiton. Source: observer.com/2008/09/goddesses-minotaurs. Today would have been reckoned as the 22 of Thargelion in the ancient Athenian ritual calendar, the date of the annual festival of Plynteria in honor of Athena Polias. The Greek word plynein means “to wash”, and during this festival…

Aristotle’s 2,400-Year-Old Tomb Found at Stagira [photos] | GreekReporter.com

fiftysevenacademics: Archaeologists at Ancient Stagira, Central Macedonia, say they have found Aristotle’s tomb. Addressing the Aristotle 2400 Years World Congress, they point to the 2,400-year-old tomb as the most important finding from the 20-year excavation. Aristotle was born in Stagira in 384 BC and died in Chalcis, Evia, at 322 BC. The great philosopher was…

Listen to Sappho

sisterofiris: Hi guys! I know I said I wouldn’t post another recording for a while, but I lied I’d been working on this one for a while and I decided to share it before plunging into my textbooks for good. I wasn’t familiar with Sappho until very recently (and wow, did I miss out on…

Fortuna

Fortuna. Figure of cast gold, with gold suspension loop on the back. Victoria and Albert Museum, London.  (via collections.vam.ac.uk/ | V&A Search the Collections)   This small gold figure of a woman carrying a horn of plenty represents Tyche (to the Ancient Greeks) or Fortuna (to the Ancient Romans), and is a personification of chance or…

Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia

Colonna-Barberini Palace/Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia, Palestrina (Praeneste), Italy. 2nd century BCE/1050 CE. The model of the Sanctuary is located at the Archaeological Museum of Palestrina. The Sanctuary of Fortuna Primigenia consisted of five terraces carved into the base of Mount Ginestro. It was originally topped with a tholos (circular) temple, which was surmounted by a statue…

The Pantheon

ancient-rome-au: arjuna-vallabha: The Pantheon, in good times @honorthegods 😍😍😍 This is so beautiful! The Catholic Church has so much wealth, though, that I doubt we’re ever going to be able to worship here again. But wouldn’t it be amazing to see smoke from incense buring before all the statues wafting up to the oculus –…

International Museum Day

oupacademic: “Art museums not only mediate the influence of markets and organizations on aesthetic norms, they also participate in broader cultural change. Art museums are repositories of collective memory and physical embodiments of cultural authority and symbolic power. They define and patrol aesthetic boundaries between art and non-art, and between great art and the merely…

Zeus Roman Bronze

archaicwonder: Roman Bronze Zeus Figurine, 2nd-3rd Century AD A nude Zeus/Jupiter holds his eagle while hurling a thunderbolt Real gods hold their eagles.

Bronze Lamp Depicting the Roman God Sol

Bronze Lamp Depicting the Roman God Sol discovered in a 1600 year-oldshipwreck in the ancient harbor of Caesarea, Israel. Photograph by diver Ran Feinstein. (via livescience.com Roman-Era Shipwreck Yields Moon Goddess Statue, Coin Stashes)

Venus by Lawrence Argent

Construction Begins on the Tallest Statue in San Francisco | Architectural Digest British-born, Australian-raised artist Lawrence Argent is making a monumental mark in San Francisco’s SoMa neighborhood with his latest sculpture, the 92-foot Venus. Currently being installed, and expected to be unveiled next spring, the polished stainless-steel work will rise almost as tall as the…