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Articles in this category focus on particular objects, which are examined in close detail and may serve as the jumping off point for further discussion.

A peculiar statue of Faustina

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A peculiar statue of Faustina

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A life-size statue in Naples is described as “Fortuna-Isis restored as the younger Faustina in the clothes of Ceres.” What does that mean?

Crouching Aphrodite

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Crouching Aphrodite

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Sculptures featuring the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) crouching were popular in the Graeco-Roman world. Why would that be?

Ancient Greek heroes at play

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Ancient Greek heroes at play

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On a black-figure amphora by Exekias, the Greek heroes Achilles and Ajax are shown playing a game to while away the hours at Troy.