The pieces included in this art gallery are a collection of different marine pieces throughout the ancient world. It is their design that unites them. Though they were created in different times, cultures, and locations, but they all contain connecting elements. Dolphins and the variety of marine creatures included on these artworks had significance to these groups of people. The Greeks, for example, who are responsible for two of the art pieces included in this gallery, had dolphins within many of their mythology. They were featured in much of their art and myths as helpers to humans. The Greeks welcomed the dolphins and considered them good omens. A popular story from Greek mythology is of Arion, a poet. He was saved from drowning by a dolphin and taken to land. The Nereides, or sea nymphs, were also shown riding dolphins throughout many of the stories. These Greek depictions of dolphins show them as friends and helpers. Poseidon is depicted as the god of the seas. Dolphins were messengers and helpers to him. He valued them most among the sea creatures. The people of Greece acknowledged the Gods and saw what they valued. This was then depicted in their art.The Greek terracotta pot, "Neck Amphora (storage jar): Triton with Scepter and Dolphin; Woman Running", included in this gallery, depicts the mythological character of Triton, the messenger of the sea. He has the tail of a dolphin, but also holds a small dolphin in his hand as a scepter. The other piece of Greek artwork included within this gallery is the alabastron jar known as, "Pottery ointment jar (alabastron) decorated in the 'Marine Style'". This jar, though made in Greece like the terracotta pot, it is not directly influenced by their mythology due to its creation date. This jar is attributed to the Minoan civilization where the marine style was developed as the art changed and technology grew. Around the same time the Greek terracotta pot was created, another piece of art in this gallery was formed. The "Bronze dolphin money" was minted in Olbia for the people living around the Black Sea. At the Black Sea, there were and are to this day, a large number of dolphins whom the native people enjoyed. The dolphins inspired this currency. The Greek mythology also influenced their decision in making their money dolphin shaped. Other artworks included in this gallery are from different times and areas. The "Amulet, in dolphin form. Pierced for suspension", is included due to its unique shape and relating design. Much of its history is unknown, other than the fact it is an amulet in the shape of a dolphin. From Iran, the silver "Bowl with Anchor and Dolphin Medallion" is included because to the depictions of the dolphin and anchor. These two interlinking shapes were designed to show the collaboration of cultures in Iran; the cultures including the Parthians and the Seleucids. The dolphin was a symbol for the Parthians while the anchor was a symbol for the Seleucids. Marine motifs are seen on each piece of artwork included within this gallery. Though they represent a wider variety of cultures and time periods, they connect due to their content. The importance of marine art within ancient cultures is clearly seen due to the amount of artwork produced.