The Classical Past: Greece and Rome
Can you picture the glory and grandeur of ancient Greece and Rome? Athletes contended for victory, fame—and coveted prizes—in the first Olympic games. Trading ships loaded with olive oil, wine, grain, and other goods sailed the blue-green waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Poets, politicians, playwrights, philosophers, sculptors, architects, and artisans created a legacy that has inspired Western culture throughout the following millennia. In this limited security exhibition, the Classical World comes to life through photographic reproductions of objects chosen from the permanent collection of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Fourteen panels explore the Classical World, including the development of direct and representative democracy, natural resources, warfare,art,politics, and social structures.
This versatile exhibition has two parts, which may be displayed in a variety of ways. Seven panels focus on the Greek world and seven are devoted to Rome. Each section begins with an introductory panel with a map and timeline that provide a context for exploring the panels that follow. Exhibitors may choose to display all fourteen panels or they may hang the seven that explore Greece or the seven that focus on Rome.
Each Greek panel also has a corresponding Roman panel. These pairs may be hung side by side to encourage viewers to compare and contrast these two overlapping cultures. For example, viewers may investigate differences between Roman and Greek religion by examining the Greek-related panel Gods, Goddesses & Homer and the Roman-related Gods, Temples & Deities.
The exhibition relates to a variety of K-12 Virginia SOLs, but anyone interested in the art, history, and literature of these ancient cultures will find the information and the diversity of works represented compelling.
The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has a variety of exhibitions available for statewide travel. For additional information on VMFA and its statewide resources, please phone 804.204.2681.
Code Number: GA-111
Size of panels: 18" x 24"
Running Feet: 21' Boxed Weight: 2 crates: 40 lbs. each
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