App is here!

You can now buy the app (available in the iOS App Store) here: 

Interactive Ancients

Link to App
It costs £0.79 – enjoy!

Coming Soon…

It’s been a long time but the silence is nearly over…

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Interactive Ancients App!

Coming soon to iOS.

 

Greek Art in NYC!

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A Greek art exhibition in NYC (The Metropolitan Museum or Art)

Liebster Award

Thanks to Amphi-theather Words for the nomination. It’s all about blogs with less than 200 followers and is a great way to be recognised, so thanks!

The rules are as follows:

  • Each nominee must link back the person who nominated them.
  • Answer the 10 questions which are given to you by the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award who have less than 200 followers.
  • Create 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
  • Let the nominees know that they have been nominated by going to their blog and notifying them

The questions for me:

1.  The most unforgettable fictional character and what makes them so unforgettable

The most unforgettable character I can think of is Harry Potter – yes I know, that’s pretty lame really. But if you think about it, he’s my childhood idol. Everyone wants to be a wizard/witch, everyone wants to be in Hogwarts, everyone wants to kill Voldemort – and who gets to? Harry Potter!

2.  The most unforgettable historical figure and why

Most unforgettable historical figure to me would probably be Henry VIII, because he was the first king I ever learnt about as a kid, and I was fascinated by the fact half his wives had the same name as I do. These days I just think he was a grumpy old man, who got bored very easily, but back when I was a kid he was very much intriguing.

3.  If you could create your perfect country made up of pieces of other lands (fictional or real) what would it look like?

In one corner you’d have Disneyland, in another Hogwarts. The middle would be The Shire, and you’d have a mixture of The Dragon Realms and Avalar (from Spyro) without the freaky characters and cities including London, Paris, New York and Athens surrounding.

4.  The one country you have no real desire to visit

Syria – too hot, too dangerous. Not really my cup of tea.

5.  Are you a baker or a cooker?

A baker by far. I like making cookies, cakes, brownies, biscuits, gingerbread houses… etc :3

6.  How DO they get the caramilk into the Caramilk bar????

I had to google what Caramilk is! ha… Uh, magic?

7.  What does the fox say?

Something that sounds like it came from Crazy Frog originally.

8.  The one sport you will stay up (or get up for) to watch at the Sochi Olympics

The only thing I got really into so far was the men’s moguls.

9.  What is your guilty pleasure go-to music?

Any cheesy 90s pop that I happen to have, and plays in The Chapel on a Saturday night.

10.  The one question you were kinda hoping I’d ask you….then the answer to it!

“Do you love Sherlock?” – YES! I am also Sher-locked.

Ten other bloggers in nomination for the Liebster Award (a few I know, a few unknown to me, and new people to the blog world):

  1. scarthebabe
  2. gunsmokeandnicotine
  3. With Pen and Camera
  4. Mackenzie’s blog
  5. Tales of the traveling nerd
  6. Waves that wash the ruins ashore
  7. A Journey of Travelling
  8. History Kicks Ass!
  9. The Fausto Rocks Year
  10. classicalgreekart

And the questions:

1. What would be your first thing to do if you had a science lab to yourself?
2. What is your favourite book and why?
3. Have you met anyone famous?
4. Favourite music genre, artist and song.
5. What do you do if you were left alone for a month?
6. The most important person/people in my life are…and because.
7. What is the craziest thing you’ve done?
8. Who is your favorite artist and what is your favorite painting done by that particular painter?
9. Favourite film and why

10. What do you wish I had asked and then answer it. (Yes! I copied!)

Sorry if you have more than 200 followers… just do it anyway? 😛

They Say Of The Acropolis Where the Parthenon Is.

Just stumbled across this clip from BBC’s QI.

I love QI and thought you may find this just as hilarious.

Poor Stephen Fry 😛

Christmas Jumper

 

It’s Christmas jumper time! Enjoy 🙂

Zero to Hero. Just like THAT.

 

I know it’s so inaccurate (the film) but I just thought this was nearly fantastic! Definitely the best I’ve seen on Youtube. 🙂 Love this Disney film.

New post after this…

Planning on writing a post about something Greek – any ideas from anyone?

Just waiting for this:

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Anyone used Mavericks yet?

Would love to hear some opinions 🙂
Comment me or email – catsteer@live.co.uk

🙂 just wait for the update! Yay!

Good morning, sea view!

Hello all,

I am currently back in the land of the Greecians and on a little island called Lefkas.
It is very beautiful but literally in the middle of no where. A week of sun, sea and POOL!

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Don’t forgot to look at my last post and help out Ricky with his survey, the more responses – the closer the dream becomes. 🙂

Cat x

Orpheus (vase by the Orpheus Painter)

Hello all,

Today I’m writing about the column krater, painted by the Orpheus Painter with the main subject of Orpheus.

Painted in around 450BC (high classical period), the Orpheus vase is a red-figure mythologically inspired vase.

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Legend has it that Orpheus was an amazing musician, loved by many including some gods, and was said to be the son of a muse.

The story goes that Orpheus lost his wife, Eurydice, and went to the underworld to bring her back. He charmed Hades and Persephone with his musical abilities, and they agreed to let him have his wife back, so long as he walked in front on their way out, and he never looked behind. Unfortunately, Orpheus was impatient, and looked back too soon – just as he was entering the mortal world, but she was still behind. She disappeared forever.

The vase depicts Orpheus as very absorbed in his music, with 4 people standing around him.

The person to the very right has turned his back on Orpheus, and seems to be much to old to appreciate the music. Whereas the two on the left seem to be connecting in an intimate way.

Of course, Orpheus himself is the main focal point for the piece of art.

Let’s talk about some key features of the vase:

Anatomy –

Orpheus’ head is so crisply drawn, as red figure has advanced so have the features of people. His hand is all creased up, and shows that he is actively playing the lyre.

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Dress –

In contrast to the way the hands and head are drawn, Orpheus’ dress is very sketchily drawn, perhaps suggesting a non-important part to the painting.

Movement –

As mentioned before, you can see the hands are moving, his fingers are plucking the strings. His head is thrown back, and mouth open, suggesting he is singing, and in a very passionate manner. And the man to the right, well, he is moving too. Moving away it would seem.

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Emotion –

The intimacy of the two left figures, as mentioned before, and the fact one’s eyes are closed. Suggesting a presence of deep thought and meaning.

A few more points on the vase: it’s framed. Quite a few vases didn’t have framed edges as this one, giving it a more direct focal point. There is a ground line, and no one is floating in the “air” (see comparison to Killing of Niobe’s Children vase by the Niobid Painter).

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Left: Orpheus by the Orpheus Painter. Right: Killing of Niobe’s Children by the Niobid Painter

Minor patterns on the vase are a ray pattern, cone pattern and dotted pattern. No florals present here.

This vase showed yet another huge push forward in correcting the reality of the vases. With the ground line introduced and exceptional features drawn, painters later found it difficult to improve further.

A Story of Vase Painting

A Story of Vase Painting

8th Century BC

The geometric style:

Vessels were often large, but the patterns we often kept small and varied which emphasised the different parts of the vase.

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(From http://astro.temple.edu/~dmg33/Iliad_files/geometric_vase.jpg)

Creatures and animals were often stylized into patterns. Even humans were stylized into shaped (very triangular bodies), standing figures filled both the vertical and horizontal space. Zig-zag rows were put between each figure as filling ornaments so no space was left unadorned.

Towards the end of the 8th Century BC, bigger more active figures were present. This included the use of wild animals and monsters. There was an oriental influence from the East included in later vases – using heroes, swinging rhythms and floral motifs.

7th Century BC

Geometric disappears in the mid 7th Century. The Greeks now use more curvy linear decorations and storytelling begins on vases (attic narration). The black figure painting style is invented by Corinthians – figures drawn in black silhouette, and made by incision. The friezes are narrow and grandeur is replaced by neatness. A very complex vase, more so than the geometric. Although it is tidy, the figures remain flat, but improve as time goes on, giving convincing actions and expressions. With this method of painting, artists were able to use a variety of colours to tell their stories.

6th Century BC

570 BC – the climax of attic narration. The storytelling from Kleitias is the best know (as you can see in the Francois vase below)

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The Francois Vase – Kleitias

(From http://www.beazley.ox.ac.uk/images/pottery/painters/keypieces/tiverios/9-p70try2-medium.jpg)

550 BC – drawing of figures goes large scale, artists such as Amasis and Exekias become huge!

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Dionysus and the Maenads – Amasis

(From http://test.classconnection.s3.amazonaws.com/385/flashcards/124385/jpg/15-6755.jpg)

540 BC- Exekias keep figures in with the shape of the vases – for example, shields and spears follow the lines of the handles. People in Greece felt this was as far as black figure could go.

530 BC- Red figure begins! Painted the background instead of the figures, red figure painters actually used a brush to paint, achieving more detail and different thickness to lines. Vases were more realistic, and only one main colour was used.

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Achilles Fighting Hector – The Berlin Painter

(From http://westernhumanities101.pbworks.com/f/g_hector_v_achilles.jpg)

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