A young male tunes his tortoise-shell lyre, and a hare waits in anticipation. Fragmentary Kylix, c. 480 BCE. (Museum of the Ancient Agora, Athens)
Detail of Kithara Strings
A komast ('after-party reveler') plays his kithara. The body of the instrument is shown in red, the arms in white. The seven strings of the instrument can be clearly seen, also depicted in white. Skyphos by the Theseus Painter illustrating...
Shiva Nataraja - Lord of the Dance
The great Hindu god Shiva has many guises and many representations in art, but perhaps the most familiar is as a dancing figure within a circle of fire, that is as Shiva Nataraja, Lord of the Dance. It is an image seen in museums, temples...
Daily Life in Ancient Greece
The ancient Greeks kept themselves busy and there were plenty of chores, distractions and entertainments available to keep daily life varied. Shopping in the markets of the agora, performing jury service, watching sporting events or listening...
The Greek God Apollo: The Myths of the Olympian God of Music, Medicine, the Sun and Archery
The god Apollo in Greek mythology is the Olympian god of, well, quite a lot! Apollo is associated with the bow, music, divination, the sun, poetry, healing and medicine and, who would have thought, plagues. He was one of the most loved gods...
The Art & Culture of Ancient Greece
The ancient Greeks were masters at picking up ideas from other cultures, mixing these with their own innovations and producing unique contributions to world culture. Greek sculptors adored the human form, painters loved to tell stories on...
Arts & Culture in Ancient Greece
We have prepared four lesson plans including classroom activities, assignments, homework, and keys as well as: Multiple choice quiz questions in an excel format. Glossary of keywords and concepts in an excel format. Open questions...
The Oldest Complete Song from Ancient Greece
The Seikilos Stele contains the the oldest complete song and dates to c.100 BCE. This video explores how the stele was found and how the song sounds; it is sung at 2:28 As long as you live, shine forth do not at all grieve, Life exists...
Reconstructing the Kithara of Ancient Greece
A 'live' performance of my composition, "The Golden Age of Pericles" on the wonderfully recreated Kithara of the Golden Age of Classical Greece - hand-made in modern Greece by Lutherios: http://en.luthieros.com/ This piece is actually...
Prof. Stefan Hagel: hellenistic aulos
Prof. Stefan Hagel plays the hellenestic auloi, and wears a phorbeia, the cheek restraint wrapped around his face.