The following thesis developed out of a desire to understand the process behind identity formation in the ancient world.
Christopher Lightfoot, Curator in the Department of Greek and Roman Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, offers insights on the Lod Mosaic.
The origins of pharaonic civilisation have always been shrouded in mystery. What caused dynastic culture to burst forth in the Nile valley within such a relatively short period of time?
The bust of Ankh-haf is a life-size sculpted portrait in limestone, painted in a red ochre wash, representing a mature man with an intelligent gaze, aging features, bags under the eyes, and a receding hairline.
In the Republic, Plato voices his ambivalence toward poetry and poesis in general. Plato admires art for its great inspirational power, but at the same time detests it because its creator has ‘no grasp of the truth’.
The Minoan delight in capturing movement within pictures was central to the development of this naturalism, and Minoan artists were obsessed with physical dynamics.
The iconic conical headdress, which seems only to enhance her features, still emits her eternal power. She is ethereal and pristine, a piece of history from a culture so widely studied but yet so unknown. She is the visual affirmation of a woman whose name means
In order to look into those questions, I have chosen to limit my examination of the korai to the statues on the Athenian Acropolis…
Herein lies the crux of the problem, because before we talk about the pets of the Greeks, we would be wise to define what a pet actually is. A pet is generally defined as an animal kept for companionship or amusement. But what about com- panion animals that also serve a practical use such as hunt ing or guarding, as Argos did? One would also assume that humans do not eat their pets. But did Penelope ever eat her geese?
In addition to demonstrating the application of the three themes in these instances, I would like to draw particular attention to the interrelation of the following: the misunderstood significance of the Temple of Isis in the Flavian triumph; the refiguring of Nero