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The snake and the eagle

In my last post I talked about the Ashmolean cast gallery and the reconstructions of how sculptures looked when painted. Here’s one with a shield with a picture that seems to illustrate this passage from the Iliad -except the snake … Continue reading

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A weakness in the Greek armour

I visited the Ashmolean museum in Oxford today. One of their rooms is devoted to casts of Greek and Roman sculptures. Now when we see ancient sculpture today it is invariably unpainted because although time has preserved the shape the … Continue reading

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