Athens

Tower of Pisa

Towers – Symbols of Hope and Freedom

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Prior to the twentieth century towers were built as symbols to the heights of material wealth and prosperity the western world had yet achieved.

Back View Achilles Corfu

Achilles – Greek Hero and the Classical Ideal in Sculpture

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Greek sculpture was the first and only ancient art to break free from conceptual conventions exploring how art might imitate nature, or even improve upon it

Becoming Good Men

Becoming Good Men

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Ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle (384-322) said it is our task to become good men, or to achieve the highest human good. But is that enough? How do we attain goodness without a sense of purpose or belief that there is something more?  For centuries, when large parts of the earth…

Lysippus of Sicyon and Pathos

Lysippus of Sicyon and Pathos

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Athens, in antiquity,  is the place where many believe architects and artisans have never been more successfully engaged between the meeting of the human and the divine. We can surely believe such a statement when we view the statue of the spirit of wild nature, Silenus gently cradling the infant…

Athena, Goddess with Grey Eyes

Athena, Goddess with Grey Eyes

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The most splendid of cities in the Greek classical world was Athens. whose streets sprawled haphazardly around the rock mass of the Acropolis (high place). It was a citadel and sacred precinct containing most of the cities most illustrious shrines and temples. Approximately 150 meters wide by 300 meters long…

Athena and Nike

Athena and Nike

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The decorative elements of a classical building derive directly or indirectly from the architectural vocabulary of the ancient world. These elements are instantly recognisable. In ancient Greece three orders of architecture were used Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. But what is an order? It is columns sometimes supported on pedestals that…