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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 17 – Dionysus

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Dionysus (Greek) or Bacchus (Roman) god of agriculture, wine and fertility, also ritual madness and religious ecstasy.  Depicted as a mature bearded figure or later youthful and beardless His plants were vines and twirling ivy.  Son of Zeus and Semele … 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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Classical Contrasts 14 – Claudius

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Claudius was Roman emperor from AD 41 to 54. Born to Drusus and Antonia Minor at Lugdunum in Roman Gaul, where his father was stationed as a military legate, he was the first Roman emperor to be born outside Italy. … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 13 Bacchic Putto

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Figure: Bacchic Putto with Goat, French School, c. 1850–1925; origin unknown.

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Classical Contrasts 12 Bacchus

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Bacchus (Roman) or Dionysus (Greek) god of agriculture, wine and fertility, also ritual madness and religious ecstasy.  Depicted as a mature bearded figure or later youthful and beardless His plants were vines and twirling ivy.  Son of Zeus and Semele … Continue reading

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U3A Cambridge 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 3

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Following on from my post on 15th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 3, which looked at image and identity in photography KB: The Arnold Newman photo of Stravinsky (below) really struck … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 11 – Augustus

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Augustus was a Roman statesman and military leader who became the first emperor of the Roman Empire, reigning from 27 BC until his death in AD 14. He was the first ruler of the Julio-Claudian dynasty. Figure: Augustus, one of … Continue reading

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Cottenham at Random

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 2

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Following on from my post on 9th November, here are some edited highlights and my responses on issues raised by Module 2, which looked at photography a means of engagement with society GM: I was glad to see that some … Continue reading

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Classical Contrasts 10 – Ariadne

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Ariadne: daughter on Minos, King of Crete, she helped Theseus overcome the Minotaur.  Abandoned by Theseus on Naxos, Dionysus found her and married her. Figure Italian (possibly Neapolitan) School, c. 1895-1925, marble; Park Close, Englefield Green, Surrey.

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Classical Contrasts 9: Askelepus

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Askelepus God of medicine, the patron god the ancient guild of doctors. Attribute a snake.  Son of Apollo and Coronis. Figure: Askelepus, Bromsgrove Guild of Applied Arts, c. 1901-17, lead; origin unknown.

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U3AC 2020-21 Photography: The Telling Image 1

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In autumn 2019 Jane Lynas and I ran a course, Photography: The Telling Image, for the Cambridge U3A, see post 13th December 2019.  We are repeating it this year, though as a series of five on-line modules. The course looks … Continue reading

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Classical Comparisons 6: Apollo

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Apollo: God of prophecy and oracles, music, song and poetry, archery, healing, plague and disease. Depicted as a handsome, beardless youth with long hair. Attributes include wreath and branch of laurel, bow and quiver of arrows, raven, and lyre. Son … Continue reading

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