Couple in love from classical mythology

As February the 14th, St Valentine’s Day, approaches we would like to show a ‘couple in love’ from classical mythology.   Psyche and Cupid Psyche was a princess who was so beautiful that she almost overshadowed Aphrodite (called by her Latin name, Venus).  Her admirers worshiped  her and made offerings to her instead of Aphrodite,…

FilmEye: Central Station

Notes on cinema inspired by historical images by Dan Williams Time The above image may seem like a strange place to begin discussing Central Station,the Brazilian film of 1998, directed by Walter Salles, but in this series I am using images from the AAA collection to explore more widely ideas about cinema. As we know,…

Homer’s epic Odyssey

While trees look beautiful with autumnal tint, it is nice to immerse yourself in reading books. How about Homer’s epic Odyssey? Homer The Iliad and the Odyssey, arguably among the world’s greatest epic poems, were composed about the mid-eighth century BC by Homer, but when we look for information about the poet, we only find a…

FilmEye: Wiener-Dog by Todd Solondz

Notes on cinema inspired by historical images by Dan Williams Your companion Wiener-Dog is the latest film from controversial independent film-maker Todd Solondz, whose work has regularly shocked audiences with sardonic comedy and disturbing subject matter. So what happens when he places a sausage dog at the centre of his story.  In fact the cute…

Harvest season

We are still enjoying summer but the calendar is moving to autumn already! Harvest season is coming soon. What was this celebration like in Greece? Olive harvest At the legendary foundation of Athens, two great gods, Poseidon and Athene, competed for the coveted position of patron of the city. It was decreed that whoever donated…

Music in Ancient Greece

BBC Prom, open-air concerts, various kinds of festivals and shows take place in summer in Britain. Here, we are now in ancient Greece. What kinds of musical instruments did they play, or learn, or enjoy? Cycladic seated harpist It would be impossible to overestimate the importance of music in Greek life from the very earliest…