Thursday April 9
Sites Visited: National Museum in Athens (Prehistoric collections and Bronzes)
Where did we stay tonight?: Athens
Leaders: Jason Spellmire and Kate Ginsberg
Our day began with us sitting on the steps of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens while some small children laughed at us. This seems to be a recurring theme; a few days ago some Greek teens began yelling “Oohwhat’s Ahp” and making gestures that may have been obscene as we walked by.
The morning was spent looking at Neolithic and Bronze Age material. Highlights included the Death Mask of Agamemnon (his was clearly not the Face that Launched a Thousand Ships), a lot of gold Mycenaean stuff, some octopus pottery, and a lot of swords. There was also a hedgehog riding a horse, sure to feature prominently in one FSPer’s forthcoming thesis on cuteness in ancient art.
In the afternoon we looked at bronze things that were not from the Bronze Age. Foremost among these was the Artemisian Zeus, a famous bronze piece recovered from a shipwreck. Maybe there will be a picture of this piece somewhere below.
Finally, we each chose a bronze figurine (a bird, a bull, a frog, a human, etc.) and discussed it briefly in a short paper. We also sketched our figurines, in most cases rendering them unrecognizable. Tonight we are preparing for our trip to the Peloponnese, which begins bright and early tomorrow morning. At least there is the breakfast buffet.
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