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Ickworth Trees

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To Ickworth House (NT) today. Extraordinary trees with bones exposed by age in the park – sculptural forms and internal structures like eroded geological strata.

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Traces of Erewhon – 1

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Classical Contrasts 34 Vespasian

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Vespasian was Roman emperor from 69 to 79. The fourth and last in the Year of the Four Emperors, he founded the Flavian dynasty that ruled the Empire for 27 years. Figure: one of The Twelve Caesars, Italian (Roman) School … Continue reading

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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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Fen Landscape – Willingham

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Rain approaching over Willingham, Cambridgeshire, 14th March 2021.

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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 26 – Minerva

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Minerva (Roman) or Athena (Greek) goddess of wisdom and strategic warfare and the sponsor of arts, trade, and strategy. Depicted wearing armour and carrying a shield.   Daughter of Zeus and Metis. Figure: Minerva, John Cheere, mid 18th century, lead; origin … 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 23 – Hercules

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The Roman equivalent of the Greek divine hero Heracles, son of Jupiter and the mortal Alcmene. In classical mythology, Hercules is famous for his strength and for his 12 labours and numerous far-ranging adventures, such as fighting the giant Antaeus. … Continue reading

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