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Classical Contrasts 33 – Tiw/Tyr

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Tiw/Tyr is a Nordic figure associated with war, justice and the law.  He can be equated with Ares, the Greek god of courage and war, one of the Twelve Olympians, and the son of Zeus and Hera. Figure: Tīw or … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 32 – Titus

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Titus was Roman emperor from 79 to 81. A member of the Flavian dynasty, Titus succeeded his father Vespasian upon his death. Before becoming emperor, Titus gained renown as a military commander, serving under his father in Judea during the … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 31 – Silenus

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Silenus was a companion of the god of wine Dionysus and leader of the satyrs.  Sometimes a purveyor of wisdom.  Parentage various, including Pan and Hermes.  Figure: Silenus with the Infant Baccus, French School, c. 1800-99, bronze; origin Colworth House, … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 30 – Satyrs

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Satyrs, lustful wild men of the woods devoted to drink and sex.  Sometimes depicted with horses or goats’ tail and legs.  Part of the retinue of Dionysus. Figures: herm of a satyr blowing a conch shell and herm of a … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 29 – The Olympian Courtship

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Meleager offering Atalanta the head of the Calydonian Boar. Meleager, one of the Argonauts.  Host of the Calydonian boar hunt, he killed the boar and presented the skin to Atalanta.  Son of Oeneus and Althea. Atalanta a virgin huntress, who … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 28 – Nero

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Nero was Roman emperor from 54 to 68, the last ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus, he was the son of Gnaeus Domitius Ahenobarbus and Agrippina the Younger, the sister of Emperor Caligula. Nero’s father died in … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 27 – Narcissus

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Narcissus, a Laconian hunter who loved everything beautiful.  He was loved by Echo, who he spurned; when he saw his reflection in a pool, he fell in love with himself. A son of the river god Cephisus. Figure: Narcissus, William … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 25 – Julius Caesar

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Gaius Julius Caesar was a Roman general and statesman, who played a critical role in the events that led to the demise of the Roman Republic and the rise of the Roman Empire. In 60 BC, Caesar, Crassus and Pompey … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 24 – Hermes

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The ancient Greek god of travel, trade and trickery, messenger of the god he conducts the souls of the dead to Hades.  Invented the lyre; symbols the caduceus and winged cap and sandals.  Son of Zeus and Maea Figures: Hermes … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 22 – Caryatids

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A caryatid is a sculpted female figure used as an architectural support; she takes the place of a column with an entablature resting on her head. The Greek term karyatides means “maidens of Karyai”, an ancient town in the Peloponnese. … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 20 – Genius of Eternal Repose

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Pasithea, in Greek mythology one of the Charites (Graces), and the personification of relaxation, meditation, hallucinations and all other altered states of consciousness. Daughter of Zeus. Figure: The Genius of Eternal Repose, after Ferdinand Barbedienne, 1993, resin; origin unknown (original … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 19 – Faun in Rosso Antico

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Faun (Roman) or Satyr (Greek), a woodland creature that is part human and part goat. Part of the retinue of Dionysus and devoted to drink and sex.  The name faun is derived from Faunus, the name of an ancient deity … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 18 – Domitian

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Domitian was Roman emperor from 81 to 96. He was the son of Vespasian and the younger brother of Titus, his two predecessors on the throne, and the last member of the Flavian dynasty. During his reign, the authoritarian nature … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 16 – Diana the Huntress

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Diana (Roman) or Artemis (Greek) was the goddess of hunting, and variously of the moon, chastity, fertility and Nature. Cypress trees were sacred to her. Daughter of Zeus and Leto. Figure: Diana the Huntress (Diana of Versailles), French, c. 1801-25, … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 15 – Diana

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Diana (Roman) or Artemis (Greek) was the goddess of hunting, and variously of the moon, chastity, fertility and Nature. Cypress trees were sacred to her. Daughter of Zeus and Leto. Figure: Diana, John Cheere, c. 1755, lead; origin Copped Hall, … Continue reading

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