Classical Studies

This page highlights Artstor content related to the ancient Mediterranean world, as illustrated by images of architecture, architectural decoration, sculpture, vases, mosaics, jewelry, metalwork, and an array of subjects and themes depicted within the Classical tradition.

We've launched several Architecture and Design image groups conceived as introductory surveys: "Ancient Art: Aegean and Greek City States," "Etruscan and Roman Art," "Classical Studies."

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Browse by museums with encyclopedic collections (e.g. The Metropolitan Museum of Art or The Cleveland Museum of Art) and sort your results by date

Keyword search for the names of Greek or Roman mythological figures to find artistic depictions from Ancient through contemporary times (e.g. Aphrodite/ target="_blank"Venus, Ares/Mars, Artemis/Diana, Athena/Minerva, Herakles/Hercules, Hermes/Mercury, Poseidon/Neptune, Zeus/Jupiter, etc.).

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Artstor shares visual documentation of archaeological excavations undertaken at ancient sites, such as the Dura-Europos and Gerasa Archives from Yale University, or the Johanna Machteld Mellink Archive of Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. Columbia University has shared more than 1,800 QuickTime Virtual Reality (QTVR) panoramas, which allow scholars and students to explore architectural monuments in 360 degrees. These QTVR files include important sites from the ancient world, such as Selinute, Siracusa, and Taormina in Sicily, as well as several structures throughout Rome (Colosseum, Domus Aurea, Roman Forum, Pantheon, Baths of Caracalla, Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine, and Basilica of Santa Sabina).  

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