How Andromeda, the Daughter of Ethiopian Royalty, Ended Up White

Featured Image: Sacrifice of Andromeda by The Niobid Painter.  Red-figure pelike, about 460 B.C.  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston – mfa.org How Andromeda, the Daughter of Ethiopian Royalty, Ended Up White See also: Was Andromeda Black? The tying of Andromeda Attic Pelike from the Workshop of the Niobid Painter

Antinous bust from Hampton Court Palace

Antinous Roman, marble, 2nd century. Collection of Hampton Court Palace, England. Photo by  Carole Raddato via Wikimedia Commons (X).  License:  CC BY-SA 2.0   Read more: Royal Collection Trust A UK based bust of Antinous 

Word of the Day: Apotheosis

Definition 1 a : the perfect form or example of something : quintessence b : the highest or best part of something : peak 2 : elevation to divine status : deification Did You Know? Among the ancient Greeks, it was sometimes thought fitting—or simply handy, say if you wanted a god somewhere in your bloodline—to grant someone…

White Nationalism has no place in Hellenic polytheism

I don’t believe the Greek gods are “Greek”…but some people in our community do. They say say the gods must only ever be depicted like “modern Greeks”, by which they mean “white”. They complain when non-white actors are chosen to portray ancient Greeks and Greek gods. They say they’re protecting their cultural heritage, and that…

Black Venus

Featured Image: African Venus by Charles Henri Joseph Cordier, 1851. Patinated bronze. Collection of RISD Museum, Providence, Rhode Island. Image license: Public Domain (X) Cordier’s sculptures were undoubtedly popular because of the appeal of Orientalism and he received criticism for exoticizing his subjects, he has also been credited for depicting his models with individuality and dignity. Cordier…

Compassion

“No-one who is good and worthy of the mystic torch, who behaves as the priest of Ceres wishes, considers the sufferings of others irrelevant to themselves.” – Juvenal, Satire 15. Translation by David H.G. Larmour. “Nights of Egeria: Juvenal’s De Memoria Deorum.” in “Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World,” ed. Martin Bommas et. al., 151….

Dionysus and Dionysian imagery in Late Antiquity

Featured Image: Dionysian curtain fragment Linen and wool; 4th century Egypt (Coptic). Collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (X).  Image released via Creative Commons CC-BY-NC The figure of Dionysus and Dionysian imagery remained popular in Late Antiquity, especially in Egypt.  Dionysus was associated with cyclical renewal and bounty, themes which appealed to practitioners of…

The New Deception: the “Sexy, Spiritual, Successful, Goddess”

Originally posted on Laura Matsue:
These days women are not only haunted by the usual Matrix images in the media telling them what to look like, what to eat, and how to live (lifestyle porn) but even in the spiritual community women are now being programmed through the whole “spiritual goddess” and “vegan yogi” culture-trends…

What Is a Historical Fact? – How Historians Decide — Vridar

When I was an undergraduate history student the one book anyone doing the honours course was required to address was What Is History? by the renowned “red” historian of Soviet Russia, Edward Hallet Carr. One claim Carr made in the book was particularly controversial. It was his idea of what counted as a “historical fact”. For……

The British Museum Says It Will Never Return the Elgin Marbles, Defending Their Removal as a ‘Creative Act’

https://news.artnet.com/art-world/british-museum-wont-return-elgin-marbles-1449919 British Museum director Hartwig Fischer is facing international backlash after defending an English nobleman’s removal of sculptures from the Parthenon in the early 1800s as a “creative act,” and reiterated that the museum’s trustees would not support repatriating them to Athens. In a recent interview with the Greek daily newspaper Ta Nea, Fischer said…