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…

Greek Colonization in Italy

Inspired by the special exhibition called Sicily: Culture and Conquest at the British Museum, I want to show some images which represent how the ancient Greeks succeeded in expanding their territory through Southern Italy. Paestum, southern Italy By the seventh century BC general Greek cities were experiencing a number of problems. Over-population and lack of access…

Athenian Democracy

London Mayoral election will take place in May, followed by Referendum on Membership of EU in the UK in June. This month we want to show images related to politics from the ancient Greece. Democracy The invention of democracy is among the most significant legacies bequeathed by ancient Athens to the later world. However, it…