Archive for the 'Ancient Greece' Category
Tags: Argonauts, Jason and the Argonauts, King Arthur
From the pbs.org website:
Host Michael Wood takes an epic journey, following in the path of the Queen of Sheba, searching for Shangri-La in Tibet, untangling the tales of King Arthur’s Celtic Brittan and tracing the trek of Jason who sought the Golden Fleece.
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How do you read a two-thousand-year-old manuscript that has been erased, cut up, written on and painted over? With a powerful particle accelerator, of course! Ancient books curator William Noel tells the fascinating story behind the Archimedes palimpsest, a Byzantine prayer book containing previously-unknown original writings from ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes and others.
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The Doryphorus displays the canonic proportions of the male torso established by Polykleitos and it was the model for the Hellenistic and Roman heroic cuirass, a fine example being the Augustus of Prima Porta.
Height (78 inches, 198.1)
Neck (19 inches; 48.26)
Biceps (16.5 inches; 41.9)
Chest (52 inches; 36.8cm)
Forearms (14.5 inches; 36.8cm)
Buttocks (47.5 inches; 120.6cm)
Calves (19 inches; 48.26cm)
Waist (40.5 inches; 102.8cm)
Thighs (26.5 inches; 67.3cm)
Read about the exercises here.
Tags: Argonauts, Expedition, Jason and the Argonauts, Map
From the about.com article:
Because of limitations inherent in the study of ancient history, we don’t know for certain when many of these early Greek poets were born or died. Some dates, like those for Homer, are guesses. New scholarship could revise these dates. So, this early Greek poets timeline is a way to visualize relative chronology within the same genre. The genres here are: epic, iambic, elegiac, and lyric poetry.
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From the listverse.com site:
When we think of statues and buildings of the classical period, we tend to imagine white marble; scientists in recent years have discovered that it is in fact most likely that many of the buildings and statues were painted and probably adorned with jewelry. The Vatican Museum has recently put on an exhibition of some of the most famous antiquities from the era with reproductions painted as close to the originals as they can – this is possible because many statues contain trace amounts of pigment from their original coats of paint. This is a list of ten spectacular reproduction statues from the Classical Period. As usual, click each image to view a larger version.
See more comparison pictures here.
7250 BCE to 30 BCE
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From the ancienthistory.about.com article:
When dealing with Ancient/Classical History, the difference between history and legend is not always clear. Evidence is scant for many people from the start of writing to the Fall of Rome (A.D. 476). With this reminder, here is my list of the most important people in the ancient world. In general, I exclude Biblical figures before Moses, legendary founders of Greco-Roman cities, and participants in the Trojan war or Greek mythology. Also, note the firm date 476 is violated by “the last of the Romans,” Roman Emperor Justinian. The order is thematic.
See the list here.