Click here for the so-called Mask of Agamemnon.


Large bronze statue of Zeus (or Poseidon), found in the ocean off Cape Artemision near Athens, from c. 460-450 b.c., now in the National Archeological Museum in Athens.  The statue is about 8-9 feet tall and could be throwing either a thunderbolt or a trident.


A closer view of the statue's majestic head and torso.

A drawing of an Attic red-figure vase called a stamnos in the British Museum showing Odysseus listening to the Sirens (500-480 bc, found in Etruria, #London E 440)

Part of the red-figure painting on a Greek vase called a pelike showing Odysseus conversing with his dead helmsman Elpenor (in the Boston Museum #Boston 34.79)

A drawing of the red-figure painting on one side of a skyphos (drinking cup) showing Penelope and Telemachus (by the Penelope Painter, #Chiusi 1831).  See the other side below.

A drawing of the other side of the skyphos above, showing Odysseus as beggar having his feet washed (by the Penelope Painter, #Chiusi 1831)

A drawing of both sides of a red-figure painting on a skyphos (drinking cup) in the Berlin museum showing Odysseus killing the suitors (by the Penelope Painter, 440 bc, #Berlin F 2588)



Above, Neo-Assyrian Guardian figure, usually equated with Gilgamesh,  From the palace of Sargon II (721-705 bc).  For more pictures associated with Gilgamesh, go to


In this painting on a krater in the Getty Museum in California, Achilles waits in sadness for new armor.

On the same krater, Thetis and the other Nereids, riding on sea creatures, bring Achilles his new armor.  For more info, go to, and type in the Search box Malibu 86.AE.611

On the shoulder of a krater now at Harvard, Priam comes to ransom Hector's body from Achilles, who is shown reclining at a meal.  For more info on this image, go to, and type in the Search box Harvard 1972.40

For other pictures we examined in the library computer lab, go to, and type in the Search box the following vase locations: Louvre G 146, Berlin F 2278, Berlin F 2294, and Boston 63.473.

In this painting on a krater now in Toledo, Ohio, Menelaus chases Helen, who flees toward an altar for protection.  Will he kill her?  He's dropped his sword.



In this painting on a krater from the Getty museum in California, Orestes kills Aegisthus, while Clytemnestra looks on in horror.

Gold death mask, said to be the "Mask of Agamemnon," found in a shaft burial site in Mycenae.

In this drawing of a vase painting, the traveller Oedipus confronts the Sphinx.

This lively sculpture of a bacchante is a Roman copy of a Athenian bas-relief usually attributed to Callimachus (end of 5th century bc).  One of four, it is now in the Prado Museum in Madrid.  What features do you recognize from the descriptions of the maddened Theban women in Euripides' play The Bacchae?

In this vase fragment now in the Boston Museum of Fine Art, the frenzied Theban women hold parts of Pentheus' body.

In this painting on a krater in the Louvre, the symposiast on the right sings to the flute-player's tune, while the youth reclining next to him and the symposiast on the next couch listen in amazement.  Note the tables below each couch on which food would have been placed and the dog expecting some morsel.  The drinkers hold kylixes of wine.

Bronze statuette of a veiled and masked dancer, Hellenistic Greek, 3rd-2nd century b.c.



Bedroom (cubiculum) from the villa of Fannius Synistor (Roman), c. 40-30 b.c.  Note the mosaic floor and the painted walls (frescoes).  Look for this room soon in the remodeled Roman galleries in the Metropolitan Museum.


Marble statuary of Aphrodite, Eros (Cupid), and Pan, from Delos.  Note Pan's phallic horn!  Hellenistic Greek, c. 100 b.c. Now in National Archeological Museum in Athens.

In this sculpture by the Italian Renaissance Gian Lorenzo Bernini, made about 1618, and now in the Galleria Borghese in Rome, Aeneas carries his father and leads his son out of Troy.  What is Anchises holding?  What is the little son Ascanius holding?

This statue of Augustus Caesar, called the "Prima Porta" because it stood looking over that gate into ancient Rome, displays him as a general.  The sculptures on his breastplate are especially interesting.  For more info, go to, click on Faculty Projects, then under Classics, click on Augustus: Images of Power.