Why is it that Ancient Greek mythology has such lasting appeal? It’s not so long ago that advertisements for The Clash of The Titans were everywhere and last night on T.V. Bethany Hughes was talking about the myth of Atlantis. Though from what she was saying Plato’s account may have been loosely based on folk memories of the eruption of Santorini. Nearer home, some of the Museology MA students at the University have been working on a educational catalogue of ancient Greek celebrities who appear on objects in the Museum collections.
We invited Kostas Arvenitis’ Museology class at the University to work on an ‘un-numbered collection’ in our archaeology store. This is a group of miscellaneous objects that we know little about. It is often the case that objects like these can be particularly exciting and the students did us proud by finding a fascinating bowl with images of the ancient Greek gods, helpfully labelled to say who was who. Zeus, Hera, Athena, they’re all there.
If testosterone fuelled heroics are more your cup of tea the Museum already displays ancient Greek vases showing Odysseus escaping from the Cyclops’ cave and (more sedately) the Greek warriors Ajax and Odysseus playing dice.