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The Evolution of Greek Art, Part 3: Greek Art Throughout History

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient Greek art and drama was pivotal in the development of artistic expression the world over. From the earliest Archaic Greeks to the masters of the Classical age, the Greeks have produced art that has inspired Western civilization for thousands of years. The Greeks established the foundational

Exploring Ancient Greek Art: Part 2, Historical Landmarks of the Greek World

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Since ancient times,  the Greeks have respected their gods and goddesses. Political events often lead to the building of divine temples and structures—and sometimes their destruction. It wasn’t until the Athenian victory over Persia in 490 BC that Athens was appointed the Defender of Greece, and smaller

Exploring Ancient Greek Art: Part 1

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Evolution of Greek Art Western modern society owes a lot to ancient Greece. Known as the “Father of Europe,” Greece was the birthplace of democracy, philosophy, science, literature and—most importantly for our purposes—some of the greatest art known to history. When one thinks of ancient Greek

Female Artists of Ancient Greece: Kora, Anaxandra, Irene and Timarete

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Women had limited mobility in ancient Greek society. They could attend public speeches, certain festivals, and sanctuaries, but otherwise, women were expected to spend most of their time in the gynaikon, the female-only quarters usually located on the upper floor of the house. From there, women were

The Vanishing Vulva: How the Ancient Greeks Wrote Women Out of Worship

Written by Lydia Serrant, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom Ancient female fertility symbols were scattered everywhere in the ancient world, from ancient goddesses such as Kali to the blue-skinned Hindu goddess of destruction to Izanami-no-Mikoto, the Japanese goddess of death and creation, to Tiamat, the Babylonian goddess of the ocean, chaos and creation. Some of the

The Artemision Bronze: Mysterious Greek Masterpiece

Written by Ed Whalen, Contributing Writer, Classical Wisdom The Ancient Greeks produced many artistic masterpieces, especially in sculpture. Many have survived down to the modern age. Most of the world’s leading museums have some examples of Hellenic sculpture. The iconic Artemision Bronze is one of the most famous surviving pieces of Greco-Roman art—and it has