Made on the island of Crete using sand casting, a bronze casting technique that has been utilized since ancient times, our bronze statues make unique gifts for any occasion. Many of our bronze statues are museum replicas, not in scale, and they can be seen in the Greek museums. The plays were comedies (funny, often poking fun at rulers) or tragedies (sad and serious, with a lesson about right and wrong). The best actors and play writers were awarded prizes - a bit like the Hollywood Oscars and BAFTAs today. The Greeks believed that architecture (the art of making buildings) was based on mathematical principles.
There were three styles or "orders" of columns in Greek architecture: called Doric, Ionic and Corinthian. Mythical creature with a horse's lower body and legs, but the chest, arms and head of a man. In Athens a citizen was a person with the right to take part in the assembly, serve on juries and take a turn as a member of the ruling council.
Flat dish-shaped object thrown by an athlete, a bit like a Frisbee only smaller and heavier. A group of men who travelled around Britain to investigate the working conditions of children in both factories and mines. Boys' schools, started in the Middle Ages as an alternative to Church schools and giving free education to some boys. Someone who writes about, and studies, the past, especially from writings left by earlier people.
Said to be the author of the two long poems, The Iliad and The Odyssey, but nothing is really known about him. In a law court, the people who listen to evidence and decide whether an accused person is guilty or not.
Oven heated by wood, charcoal or some other burning fuel for 'firing' (heating and hardening) clay pots.
Useful containers such as bowls, dishes, plates and mugs made from soft clay that is baked hard in an oven called a kiln.
Large piece of wood, leather and metal held in front of a soldier's body to protect him in battle. Typical clothing of Greek men and boys, a loose-fitting garment like a long shirt with short sleeves.
The artist has sculptured Greek and Trojan battle scenes into this foot-tall stylized horse, cast it in quality designer resin, and hand-painted the proud beast to replicate hand-carved wood, one piece at a time. Once the mold is cooled it is removed; the fine details of the cast bronze piece are then carefully finished by hand. Because their production is limited, they are typically only sold in local tourist shops and therefore make very unique gifts. The most famous writers of plays were Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripides for tragedy and Aristophanes for comedy. There are figures of people without clothes, and statues of athletes in action (a discus thrower, for example). Because many architects copied Greek styles, you can see much later buildings (from the 18th and 19th centuries for example) which look "Greek". They made small pottery bowls and cups for drinking, middle-sized pots for carrying and cooking, elegant vases for decoration, and large jars for storing wine and foods. As punishment for his wickedness, he had forever to push a heavy stone uphill; at the top, it always rolled down again. But murders and other killings almost always happened off-stage, out of sight of the audience. One picture shows two men dressed like a modern pantomime horse - playing the part of a centaur. Artefacts found by archaeologists include broken pottery, bits of wood and metal, brick and stone.
In ancient times Athens was a powerful city-state with its own government, laws, army and navy. In the Greek theatre comedies poked fun at the foolishness of people and especially politicians. There were many pirate ships in the Mediterranean and Aegean seas at the time of the Ancient Greeks. The Ancient Romans conquered Greece around 146 BC, but admired and copied Greek civilization. A philosopher and friend of Plato, he was famous for asking questions, but was forced to kill himself because Athens' rulers feared his teachings. They wore thick-soled shoes too, to make them look taller, and padded costumes to make them look fatter or stronger. Temple roofs were held up by stone columns and decorated with friezes with carved stone figures.
The masks showed the audience what kind of character an actor was playing (sad, angry or funny). Some masks had two sides, so the actor could turn them round to suit the mood for each scene.
What she said often had two or more meanings, so it was hard to say the Oracle was ever wrong.
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