Insights is our new online journal where members of the Kallos team will explore a range of ancient objects and subjects in depth, including those gallery-centred, and inspired by the wider art world.
Whilst we are all confined to our homes Kallos will share weekly posts, hopefully to offer a little bit of respite and distraction! We hope you enjoy reading these features as much as we do researching them.
He is life's liberating force. He is release of limbs and communion through dance. He is laughter, and music in flutes. He is repose from all cares -- he is sleep! Euripides, Bacchae, lines 380-385A Roman Carnelian intaglio of Dionysus
I mix three kraters only for those who are wise……
The fourth is no longer ours, but belongs to arrogance.
The fifth leads to shouting.
The sixth to a drunken revel.
The seventh to black eyes.
The eighth to a summons.
The ninth to bile.
The tenth to madness, in that it makes people throw things.
Eubulus, Fragment 93
Bounteous Demeter yoked her Serpent-Pair to her chariot, and fixed the curbing bits and made her way between the earth and sky to Tritonia's city, and brought the chariot to Triptolemus, and gave him seed and bade him scatter it. Ovid, Metamorphoses 5. 64THE MYTH OF TRIPTOLEMUS
"And there the Graces bathed her with heavenly oil such as blooms upon the bodies of the eternal gods – oil divinely sweet, which she had by her, filled with fragrance." Homeric Hymn 5 to Aphrodite, 61-3ANCIENT SCENTED OIL BOTTLES
She had twisted brooches, and shiny earrings in the shape of flowers. Around her tender throat were the most beautiful necklaces. Homeric hymn 5 to Aphrodite, lines 87-88ANCIENT GREEK JEWELLERY BOXES AND KOSMESIS
“What shimmering silks, what fancy, glittering marbles, what opulent bronzes and golds… Let’s have done with it… It is time to crusade for whitewash and Diogenes.” Le CorbusierColour in the Ancient World
For this week's Insight we have rounded up the latest antiquities news, including news and features from the wider Classics community.
"He stretched his arms towards his child, but the boy cried and nestled in his nurse’s bosom, scared at the sight of his father’s armour, and at the horse-hair plume that nodded fiercely from his helmet." Homer, The Illiad, 6.466-470THE EVOLUTION OF ANCIENT GREEK HELMETS
This history and evolution of ancient Greek helmets provide a fascinating insight into the history of warfare of the ancient world. New innovations and experimentations with design and styles highlight the complexities and restrictions of the battlefield as it developed in the ancient Greek world.
‘Such are the horses on which gods and heroes ride, as represented by the artist. The majesty of men themselves is best discovered in the graceful handling of such animals.’Xenophon, On Horsemanship, XI.7HORSES, CHARIOTS AND RIDERS IN ANCIENT GREEK ART
Aphrodite and the male gaze
CYCLADIC STONE THROUGH A MODERN LENS
Five thousand years ago in the Early Bronze Age, the people of the Cyclades, a cluster of small islands in the Aegean Sea, created elegant, simple forms, both vessels and figural sculptures, from the local white marble. Despite their existence in that place for a little over 2000 years, they left little other record of their clearly advanced culture. These enigmatic and compelling sculptural forms speak simultaneously to the universal and the particular.
For our first insight we delve a little deeper into the notorious Julia Domna......
….this woman, sprung from the people and raised to a high station…
Cassius Dio. Historia Romana