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Ancient Greek Collection

Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of ancient Greece

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Mycenae in ancient Greece, circa 1400 BC

Mycenae in ancient Greece, circa 1400 BC
Mycenae in ancient Greece at the height of its culture, circa 1400 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard

Hermes, 1886. Artist: Jonnard
Hermes, 1886. The Greek god Hermes with winged helmet and sandals. From The Magazine of Art. [Cassell & Company, London, 1886]

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean

Ancient Greece and its colonies around the Aegean
Map of the Aegean Sea in the time of ancient Greece. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Greek empire

Ancient Greek empire
Map of ancient Greece and its colonies. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illlustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Statue of Athena in the Parthenon of ancient Athens

Statue of Athena in the Parthenon of ancient Athens
Statue of the goddess Athena inside the Parthenon, ancient Athens. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Artist: Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)

Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Artist: Waterhouse, John William (1849-1917)
Circe Invidiosa, 1892. Found in the collection of the Art Gallery of South Australia

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Athens

Ancient Athens
Athens from the east, in the time of Hadrian. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns

Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns
Classical styles of columns - Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian architecture. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman

Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Creator: John Charles Dollman
Orpheus and His Lute, late 19th-early 20th century, (1914). Depiction of the ancient Greek legend of Orpheus, (who played a lyre, not a lute)

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius

Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588. 1588. Creator: Hendrik Goltzius
Phaeton, from The Four Disgracers, 1588

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Horse of Selene from the Parthenon

Horse of Selene from the Parthenon
Horse of Selene from the east pediment of the Parthenon, from the British Museums collection

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Map of the Peloponnesus of ancient Greece

Map of the Peloponnesus of ancient Greece. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War

Death of Hector by Achilles during the Trojan War
Greek hero Achilles dragging Hectors body behind his chariot in the Trojan wars. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Greek marathon

Ancient Greek marathon
Foot-race in ancient Greece. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Parthenon in ancient Athens

Parthenon in ancient Athens
The Parthenon atop the Acropolis at the height of Athens power, 400s BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653. Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn

Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653. Creator: Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn
Aristotle with a Bust of Homer, 1653

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Socrates, caricature

Socrates, caricature
Socrates. Caricature of the Ancient Greek philosopher Socrates (c.470-399 BC). Socrates is credited with introducing a new and critical attitude in philosophy and science

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PANC2A-00023

PANC2A-00023
Wedding of Alexander the Great and Statira. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC

Ancient Greeks holding the pass of Thermopylae, 480 BC
Greeks under Leonidas holding off the Persian invasion at Thermopylae, 480 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Road from ancient Athens to Eleusis

Road from ancient Athens to Eleusis
Temple of Aphrodite (left) on the road from Eleusis to Athens, ancient Greece. Hand-colored engraving of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC

Hercules Brings Cerberus to Eurystheus, with Hermes and Athena, c6th century BC. Greek Vase from an Etruscan Tomb

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Plato, Ancient Greek philosopher

Plato, Ancient Greek philosopher
Plato (427-347 BC), Ancient Greek philosopher. Platos spirit of rational inquiry led to todays scientific method. His writings shaped and continue to have a profound influence on Western thought

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Plato, caricature

Plato, caricature
Plato. Caricature of the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato (427-347 BC). Platos spirit of rational inquiry led to todays scientific method

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: A trireme, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans

A trireme, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans
A trireme, with three banks of oars, used by the ancient Greeks and Romans. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Plato and Aristotle

Plato and Aristotle shown in a bas-relief titled " Logic" by Giotto on the doors of the Campanile, Florence. 19th-century photograph

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Pericles

Pericles
Athenian statesman Pericles. Photogravure reproduction of a sculpture

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PANC2A-00033

PANC2A-00033
A manuscript of Demosthenes copied by hand in the tenth century. Color lithograph reproduction, 19th century

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PANC2A-00003

PANC2A-00003
Map of the empire of Alexander the Great in 323 BC. Printed color lithograph of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine

Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine
Greek physician Hippocrates. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of an illustration of a bust

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Alexanders army prepares to destroy Persepolis

Alexanders army prepares to destroy Persepolis
Thais suggests that Alexander burn Persepolis, capitol of Persia, in 331 BC. Hand-colored halftone ireproduction of a 19th-century llustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Greek urn

Greek urn
Richly decorated Greek urn. Hand-colored 19th-century woodcut reproduction of an artifact

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Perseus constellation

Perseus constellation. Illustrated card from a 19th century astronomical teaching aid called Uranias Mirror, after the Greek muse of astronomy. There are 32 cards in total

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Cygnus and Lyra constellations

Cygnus and Lyra constellations. Illustrated card from a 19th century astronomical teaching aid called Uranias Mirror, after the Greek muse of astronomy. There are 32 cards in total

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PANC2A-00037

PANC2A-00037
Alexander the Great. Hand-colored 19th-century halftone reproduction of a statue

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Battle of Marathon, 490 BC

Battle of Marathon, 490 BC
Athenians repel Persian invaders at the Battle of Marathon, 490 BC. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Olympia, Greece

Ancient Olympia, Greece
Olympia, site of the ancient Olympic Games. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC

Xerxes bridge of boats across the Hellespont, 480 BC
Bridge of boats built by Xerxes Persian army across the Hellespont to invade Greek territory, 480 BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Women of ancient Greece

Women of ancient Greece
Ancient Greek women and a priestess (background). Antique hand-colored print

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE. Creator: Unknown

Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE. Creator: Unknown
Coin Depicting the Goddess Tyche, 2nd-1st century BCE

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Artist: David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825)

The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Artist: David, Jacques Louis (1748-1825)
The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, 1818. Found in the collection of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Pandora

Pandora. Pandora (the all-gifted ) was the first mortal woman according to the Greek poet Hesiod. She was sent by Zeus as a gift to Epithemus

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: The Saffron-Gatherer Fresco from Minoan Royal Palace, Knossos, Crete. c15th century BC

The Saffron-Gatherer Fresco from Minoan Royal Palace, Knossos, Crete. c15th century BC. At Archaeological Museum of Heraklion, Crete

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PSCI2A-00045

PSCI2A-00045
Arrest of Archimedes, leading to his death. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: PSCI2A-00073

PSCI2A-00073
Greek astronomer Hipparchus mapping the stars over Alexandria, ancient Egypt. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Aeropagus debating in ancient Athens

Aeropagus debating in ancient Athens
Gathering of the Areopagus, a deliberative court that met in the open air, ancient Athens. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Pharos, the lighthouse of ancient Alexandria

Pharos, the lighthouse of ancient Alexandria
Harbor and lighthouse of ancient Alexandria, a great center of Hellenistic culture and trade. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Ancient Olympic Games

Ancient Olympic Games
Racers cheered at the finish line in the Olympic Games, ancient Greece. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th century illustration

Background imageAncient Greek Collection: Discussions in ancient Athens, circa 400 BC

Discussions in ancient Athens, circa 400 BC
Citizens of Athens engaged in discussions during the time of Pericles, 5th century BC. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration



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Step back in time and immerse yourself in the captivating world of ancient Greece. From the majestic statue of Athena standing tall in the Parthenon to the intricate Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian columns adorning their temples, every aspect of this empire exudes grandeur and sophistication. Transport yourself to Ancient Athens, where philosophers like Socrates engaged in intellectual debates that shaped Western thought. With a touch of humor, Socrates' caricature reminds us of his profound influence on philosophy. The Trojan War comes alive as we witness Achilles delivering a fatal blow to Hector. This epic battle has been immortalized throughout history as a symbol of heroism and tragedy. Marvel at the bravery displayed by the ancient Greeks holding firm at Thermopylae's pass against overwhelming odds. Their unwavering determination serves as an inspiration even today. Explore beyond mainland Greece to its colonies scattered around the Aegean Sea. These settlements played a crucial role in spreading Greek culture far and wide, leaving an indelible mark on civilizations for centuries to come. Hermes, known as the messenger of gods, captivates us with his gracefulness depicted by Jonnard's artwork from 1886. His presence reminds us of how mythology intertwined with everyday life during this era. Delve into Greek literature through Aristotle's eyes as he contemplates Homer's genius while gazing upon his bust painted by Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn in 1653. This masterpiece encapsulates the reverence for knowledge that defined ancient Greek society. Lastly, Circe Invidiosa transports us into a mythical realm where enchantresses held sway over mortals' fates. John William Waterhouse skillfully captures her allure and intrigue through his brushstrokes. As you explore these glimpses into ancient Greece's rich tapestry, let your imagination soar amidst tales of gods and heroes who shaped one of history's greatest empires - an empire whose legacy continues to inspire and captivate us to this day.