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Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece – Treasures Down Under 2014

Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece – Treasures Down Under 2014

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Beauty was something all the gods of Ancient Greece were known to love and admire. The exhibition: The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece, originating at the British Museun will be on show at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Victoria from 2nd August to 9th November. The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece…

At The Games

At The Games

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There are enough irksome and troublesome things in life; Aren’t things just as bad at the Olympic festival? Aren’t you scorched there by the fierce heat? Aren’t you crushed in the crowd? Isn’t it difficult to freshen yourself up? Doesn’t the rain soak you to the skin? Don’t the noise,…

Zeus, King among Gods

Zeus, King among Gods

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The magnificent thirteen metre gold and ivory statue of Zeus was found inside his temple at Olympia on a throne described by a contemporary ‘as an elaborate structure of cedar wood, laid in with ebony and richly adorned with valuable stones and sculptures’. His figure required so much ivory Philo…

Olympian Zeus

Olympian Zeus

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At the very heart of the Olympic games was the central reason for its existence; to honour Zeus the most powerful of the Olympian Gods and the supreme God in Greek mythology. A visit to Olympia was a pilgrimage to his most sacred place, the grove known as the Altis,…

Olympia and Heracles

Olympia and Heracles

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Lyrical Greek poet Pindar (522–443 BC) tells us the ‘superman’ of Greek mythology Heracles laid out Olympia as an act of homage. It was about celebrating the success of the twelve labours the Gods had set him. He cleared the site associated with the earth Goddess Ge 15k inland from…

Olympia

Olympia

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From 776 years before and 395 years after the Christ event citizens from all over the classical world flocked every four years to Olympia. They came from as far away as Spain and Africa; long distances to travel mostly on foot. They not only endured many discomforts but also enjoyed…