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Bringing Antiquities to Life: Success in Small Projects

September 5, 2016. Classics in Communities and the Panoply Vase Animation Project have worked together to create a charming short animation, The Symposium,bringing to life the figures on an ancient Athenian black-figure footed cup (kylix). The cup was made c. 500 BC and is currently in the Ashmolean Museum of the University of Oxford. The animation shows guests at a Symposium, playing instruments, drinking wine, and playing a game in which they toss the lees from the wine. At the center of the the symposium scene is a Gorgon head. When the Gorgon’s eyes are closed, the figures on the cup can move; when the eyes open, the figures freeze. Music for the animation is by Barnaby Brown, who plays on a set of double pipes, a replica of the Louvre Museum’s Aulos, creating a sound reminiscent of bagpipes.

The University of Oxford, the Iris Project, and University of Cambridge have partnered in the Classics in Communities program supporting the teaching of Latin and Greek in UK primary and secondary schools. The idea behind the program is that understanding the ancient world enables people to move forward in the present; studying classical languages, literature and art can open young people to a greater understanding of the whole world. The Classics in Communities program provides material resources – books, lesson plans, and fun projects – as well as direction and assistance in obtaining funding for special events and programs at UK schools to promote learning in the classics.

Another short video, Hoplites! Greeks at War, by the Panoply Vase Animation Project, starts from figures on an ancient vase, a Euboiean Lekanis c 550 BCE. This video was developed with the assistance of the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading, home of the vase.

rel0060Image: Panoply Vase Project.

Side: Borghese vase. Detail: satyr playing aulos. Pentelic marble. Neo-attic work of the second half of the 1st century BCE. Inv. No. MR 985 / Ma 86. Paris, Louvre Museum


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