Ancient

August 8, 2020

Unearthing the Importance of the Life-Sized Terracotta Warriors

Today, the unexpected unearthing of the Terracotta Army—a hoard of legendary, life-sized clay soldiers intended to fill an emperor's elaborate mausoleum—is renowned as one of the world's greatest archaeological events. Discovered in northwestern China and dating back to its first dynasty, the ceramic figures have shed light on the country's ancient artistic practices and age-old burial rituals.

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October 8, 2019

10 Facts About the Parthenon, the Icon of Ancient Greece

When one thinks of history's great civilizations, it's impossible not to include the ancient Greeks. For centuries, they helped give birth to Western culture as we now know it. From law and politics to athletics and architecture, the ancient Greeks have left an indelible mark on society. And perhaps there's no building that evokes ancient Greece more than the Parthenon.

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February 10, 2019

How the Natural Beauty of Hellenistic Sculpture Has Captivated the World for Centuries

Hellenistic sculpture is one of art history's most prized practices. Celebrated for its unprecedented naturalism, this movement introduced a skillful sculptural approach that artists would emulate for years to come. Today, Hellenistic antiquities can be found in top collections across the globe, with world-famous works like the Winged Victory of Samothrace leading the way. While you may be familiar with these awe-inspiring marble sculptures, you may not know much about the very movement that they shaped.

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November 13, 2017

3,500-Year-Old Stone Carving Discovery May Change Art History as We Know It

A new discovery by researchers at the University of Cincinnati is upending the way we think about the development of Western Civilization. More than one year after discovering the 3,500-year-old tomb of a Bronze age warrior in Greece, an incredible piece of carved stone could rewrite art history. Known as the Griffin Warrior tomb, the Greek government hailed it as “most important to have been discovered in 65 years.

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