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Ancient Greece

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The art of Ancient Greece and Rome is grounded in civic ideals and polytheism. Etruscan and Roman artists and architects accumulated and creatively adapted Greek objects and forms to create buildings and artworks that appealed to their tastes for eclecticism and historicism. Contextual information for ancient Greek and Roman art can be derived from contemporary literary, political, legal, and economic records as well as from archaeological excavations conducted from the mid-18th century onward. Etruscan art, by contrast, is illuminated primarily by modern archaeological record and by descriptions of contemporary external observers. By permission, © 2013 The College Board

The classical orders

VIDEO 11:08 minutes
A conversation with Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris In classical architecture, the Orders consist of variations of an assembly of parts made up of a column (usually with a base), a capital, and an entablature. These structural units ...

The Athenian Agora and the experiment in democracy

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Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

Anavysos Kouros

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Anavysos Kouros, c. 530 B.C.E., marble, 6' 4" (National Archaeological Museum, Athens) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

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Peplos Kore from the Acropolis

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Peplos Kore, c. 530 B.C.E., from the Acropolis, Athens, Greece Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

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Making Greek vases

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In ancient Greece, the phrase "to make pottery" meant to work hard. The typical Athenian potter prepared clay, threw vases, oversaw their firing, and added decoration, or employed vase-painters. Love art? Follow us on Google+

Attic Red-Figure: Niobid Painter, "Niobid Krater"

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Niobid Painter, "Niobid Krater," Attic red-figure calyx-krater, c. 460-50 B.C.E., 54 x 56 cm (Musée du Louvre) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear Bearer)

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Polykleitos, Doryphoros (Spear-Bearer), Early Classical Period, Roman marble copy after a Greek bronze original from c. 450-440 B.C.E. (Museo Archaeologico Nazionale, Naples). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

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Parthenon (Acropolis)

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Iktinos and Kallikrates (Phidias directed the sculptural program), Parthenon, Athens, 447 - 432 B.C.E. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

East Pediment sculptures, Parthenon, including Helios, Horses and Dionysus (Heracles?)

VIDEO 4:59 minutes
Phidias (?), Sculpture from the East Pediment of the Parthenon, marble, c. 448-432 B.C.E., Classical Period (British Museum, London). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker

Parthenon frieze

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Phidias(?), Parthenon Frieze, c. 438-32 B.C.E., pentelic marble, Classical Period (420 linear feet of the 525 that complete the frieze are in the British Museum). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris & Dr. Steven Zucker

"Plaque of the Ergastines" fragment from the frieze on the east side of the Parthenon

VIDEO 4:37 minutes
Phidias (?), "Plaque of the Ergastines," 445 - 438 B.C.E., Pentelic marble (Attica), 0.96 x 2.07 m, fragment from the frieze on the east side of the Parthenon (Musée du Louvre, Paris) Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Victory (Nike) Adjusting Her Sandal, Temple of Athena Nike (Acropolis)

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Nike Adjusting Her Sandal, from the south side of the parapet of the Temple of Athena Nike, Acropolis, Athens, Greece, c. 410 B.C.E., marble, 3' 6" high (Acropolis Museum, Athens) Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker & Dr. Beth Harris

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Grave Stele of Hegeso

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Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

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Winged Victory (Nike) of Samothrace

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Nike (Winged Victory) of Samothrace, Lartos marble (ship) and Parian marble (figure), c. 190 B.C.E. 3.28m high, Hellenistic Period (Musée du Louvre, Paris). The sculpture was unearthed in 1863 after its discovery under the direction of ...

Great Altar of Zeus and Athena at Pergamon

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The Pergamon Altar, c. 200-150 B.C.E., 35.64 x 33.4 meters, Hellenistic Period (Pergamon Museum, Berlin). Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

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Alexander Mosaic from the House of the Faun, Pompeii

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Alexander Mosaic, c. 100 B.C.E., Roman copy (Pompeii) of a lost Greek painting, c. 315 B.C.E., Hellenistic Period (Archaeological Museum, Naples). Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

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Apollonius, Seated Boxer

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Apollonius, Boxer at Rest, c. 100 B.C.E., bronze, Hellenistic Period (Palazzo Massimo, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome). Speakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris

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