Our object of the week is an intact Roman glass toilet bottle, usually called an unguentarium. This name seems to be a 19th Century invention, based on the ancient Roman term “unguentarius,” a word used to describe sellers of perfumes. This type of glass vessel is believed to have been used for dispensing perfumed oils… Read More Object of the Week: A Roman Glass Unguentarium
This is astonishing. Now the Egyptian Antiquities Ministry is in the business of destroying archaeological sites. Most likely this is a case of corruption, in which contractors pressured local authorities to direct the Ministry to destroy the site. Here is a link to the story (opens in a new window) – http://www.egyptindependent.com//news/hellenistic-era-ruins-demolished-alexandria
The recent decision by The British Museum to send a single sculpture from the famed Parthenon Marbles (or Elgin Marbles) on loan briefly to the Hermitage in Russia, causing outrage in Greece, has once again drawn attention to issues of cultural heritage relating to antiquities. Whatever the merits of the arguments put forward by those… Read More Greek Antiquities in the British Museum, London
An important update on continuing work at the Amphipolis Tomb: Human remains have been found in a built structure beneath the 3rd chamber, as well as sophisticated ornamentation from the now disintegrated wood coffin. Details here: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2014/11/human-remains-found-at-amphipolis.html#.VGOph8lSq0M. As if the news from Amphipolis were not amazing enough, now comes news of an unlooted high status… Read More Remarkable News from Greece on the Amphipolis Tomb and More.
Two closely related pottery bowls on our website typify a type of pottery marking the all important transition from the later Hellenistic period to the time of Roman dominance, even before the formal establishment of Rome’s empire, of the broader Mediterranean world. Both bowls are examples of what is generally termed Megarian Ware, a type… Read More Megarian Ware: Transition and Continuity from the Hellenistic to Roman Worlds
Greek Antiquities in the British Museum A photo album on Clio’s Facebook Page, sharing a personal selection of the finest Greek antiquities in the British Museum.