museum of greek history

This is my museum of eight items from ancient Greece organized chronologically.  Each item has been picked because it represents an important aspect of the past such as religion, culture, everyday life, economics, and the gods.  Each item has a small description containing what the item is, when it is dated to and a brief description of how it relates to ancient Greece history.  The main piece is the silver  stater of Naxos for its representation of a revolutionizing aspect of ancient Greece economies and culture.  Feel free to use the zoom function on each object to take a closer look. Enjoy!By:Bryan Roberts

What: Askos or jug to hold liquid When: This artifact is dated to about 1500-150 BC Bronze Age and is thought to be Mycenaean Description: This askos was most likely used for carrying wine and features an octopus painted on it. This shows us the connection that these ancient people had with the sea.
What:Larnax(coffin) When:1300-1200BC Description:A larnax is a burial container in which a body or ashes of a body are placed inside. The outside is decorated with various designs that usually relate to the afterlife and these larnax's give us an idea of how the people of this time period viewed the afterlife.
What:Necklace from graves at Skyros When:10th century BC Description: This gold necklace was found at a grave at Skylos at a time where not much jewelry was found let alone gold jewelry. The fact that this was found during this time period shows that trade is opening up and gold working is being learned.
What: Box for cosmetics (pyxis) When: 800-760BC Description: This box of cosmetics was found at Athens and shows how women and men as well cared about the way they look. Using jewelry and cosmetics to look better was done by the wealthy who could afford it.
What:Ring inscribed with a dedication to Hera When: 575BC Description: This ring was dedicated to Hera and most likely worn by a man. This ring is an example of people of this time period paying tribute to the gods for various reasons to thank them or to receive good favor from them. The gold meant that it came from a wealthy individual.
ANCHOR What: Silver stater of Naxos When:540-520BC Description: This is the anchor of my collection and the piece that I feel holds the most importance in my collection. The silver stater is a coin used as currency that was minted in Naxos. This coin signifies a revoulution in Ancient Greek economies and represents a key factor the expansion of many civilizations because it allowed for easier trade.
What: ARula with the Suicide of Ajas When: 527BC Description: This is a scene from the Illiad in which ajas commits suicide after he has slaughtered some sheep and acted dishonorably. Horrified by what he has done he commits suicide. This piece is important because it shows how the people of this time looked at their own history and what held significance to them.
What: Dedication to Asclepios When: Mid 4th century BC Description: This is a depiction of followers giving dedications to the healing god Asclepios. This depiction is found on the slopes of the acropolis in Athens. Its location indicates that it was common for people to pay tribute to gods to get their favor. This piece is a good depictions of a widespread act in ancient greece.
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