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Olympics at the Museum


By: Lynn Makowsky

I loathe winter (especially this one), but I love the Winter Olympics. I grew up skiing, and a love of the sport stayed with me. Every time the summer and winter Olympics are held, we draw attention to objects in our collection that relate to the games. Working in the Mediterranean Section, I have the […]

2012 London Olympics: Nike Then and Now

Coin from Classical Greek period

By: Ashley Harper

What do the Olympic games from circa 405 BC have in common with London’s in 2012? A key may be in the representation of Victory. Read what two representations of Victory reveal about our understanding of the Olympics.

Amphora from 490 BCE [Object of the Day #30]


By: Amy Ellsworth

This Attic red figure amphora was made around 490 BCE in the Greek city of Athens.  It was exported to the Etruscan city of Vulci (north of Rome), where it was found in the early 19th century CE.  Athens (and the surrounding region, Attica) was known for  iron-rich clay that was used in its characteristic Attic […]

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