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Posted on July 23rd, 2022 in Real Housewives of Mt Olympus by Elizabeth W. Thill

Episode 12: In which Vulcan realizes there is nothing tourists won’t do, and Venus realizes once again how much she hates her husband Vulcan. This episode of Real Housewives of Mt. Olympus brought to you by the latest archaeological news on SmithsonianMagazine.com – and by CLAS-C 419 Art and Archaeology of Pompeii. VULCAN, GOD OF …

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Posted on February 3rd, 2022 in Courses by Elizabeth W. Thill

In 79 CE, Mt. Vesuvius erupted on a massive scale, burying a large swath of the prosperous Bay of Naples area under meters of rock, ash, and mud. Cities such as Pompeii and Herculaneum were snuffed out, preserved for millennia until they were rediscovered in the modern era. Almost overnight, Pompeii became one of the …

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Posted on January 23rd, 2022 in Courses by Elizabeth W. Thill

Ancient Greece is famous for its many innovations—technological, social, philosophical—that have had an outsized influence on the Eurocentric world. Athens of the 6th and 5th c. BCE saw the birth of democracy, theater, and trial by jury. The conquests of Alexander the Great in the 4th c. BCE stretched from Egypt to Afghanistan and created …

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Posted on January 22nd, 2022 in Courses by Elizabeth W. Thill

Ancient Greece and Rome have inspired filmmakers since the dawn of the Age of Cinema. Their gripping mythology has appeared in numerous renditions of Clash of the Titans, Hercules (Disney or otherwise), and Percy Jackson, and more subtlety in films such as O Brother Where Art Thou and Cold Mountain. Their history and culture lie behind movies such as Gladiator, 300, Pompeii, and any …

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Posted on January 21st, 2022 in Courses by Elizabeth W. Thill

If you’ve ever attended a theater performance, listened to an orchestra, or been part of a chorus, you’ve witnessed the legacy of the Classical World. Theater emerged in Athens (Greece) in the 6th century BCE, as part of the worship of Dionysus, the god of overcoming social boundaries (and wine!). Within two centuries it had …

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