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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 fish plate from Paestum

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A fish plate from Paestum

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From the museum at Paestum in Southern Italy comes this red-figure “fish plate”. But what is it exactly?

A warrior on a red-figure cup

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A warrior on a red-figure cup

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The collection of the Allard Pierson Museum includes this beautiful red-figure cup with a picture of a warrior.

Stele of the Vultures

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Stele of the Vultures

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This ancient stele, dated to between ca. 2600 and 2350 BC, is a key piece of evidence in the history of warfare.

A votive relief from Rhodes

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A votive relief from Rhodes

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A discussion centred on a votive relief in the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes that looks older than it really is.

A Cypriot chariot in Amsterdam

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A Cypriot chariot in Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam features a reconstruction of a chariot found in a tomb on the island of Cyprus.

Street musicians in Pompeii

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Street musicians in Pompeii

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A beautiful mosaic from the Roman city of Pompeii depicts a group of musicians playing in the street.

A man and his Adam’s apple

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A man and his Adam’s apple

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An Egyptian portrait currently in the British Museum is noteworthy for its depiction of a prominent Adam’s apple.

The Athenian tyrant-killers

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The Athenian tyrant-killers

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A statue group currently in Naples serves as the start of a brief discussion of tyranny in ancient Athens.

Greeks bearing arms

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Greeks bearing arms

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A brief look at a depiction of an armed youth on the inside of a beautiful red-figure cup from Rhodes.