Week 3

Week 3

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.

Day 19 Video:

Photo Gallery:

A gold Mycenaean death mask from the National Museum.

A gold Mycenaean death mask from the National Museum.

Dallis and Ally "geek out" over a great Minoan octopus.

Dallis and Ally "geek out" over a great Minoan octopus.

Alex A. and Charlie practice using their Greek komboloi (worry beads) outside during their lunch break.

Alex A. and Charlie practice using their Greek komboloi (worry beads) outside during their lunch break.

An evocative griffon from the extensive bronze collections of the National Museum.

An evocative griffon from the extensive bronze collections of the National Museum.

FSPers test out various poses while discussing the Zeus of Artemision.

FSPers test out various poses while discussing the Zeus of Artemision.

Kate and Kait work diligently on their bronze gallery assignment.

Kate and Kait work diligently on their bronze gallery assignment.

Alex M. puts her studio art minor to good use.

Alex M. puts her studio art minor to good use.

Kathryn and Dallis apply themselves with gusto to their bronze dedication assignment.

Kathryn and Dallis apply themselves with gusto to their bronze dedication assignment.

The famous bronze jockey in the National Museum.

The famous bronze jockey in the National Museum.

A detail of horse and rider.

A detail of horse and rider.

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