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Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece at the Frist Center


Explores Need for Superhuman and Mortal Heroes in Society

NASHVILLEHeroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece, an exhibition exploring the human need for heroes through the arts of one of the oldest and most influential cultures in history, will open in the Frist Center’s Upper-Level Galleries January 29, 2010, and remain on view through April 25, 2010.

More than 100 works, including statues, reliefs, vases, bronzes and jewelry made between the sixth and first centuries BCE and drawn from prestigious U.S. and European museums illustrate the lives of Greek heroes including their tasks, adversaries, challenges, failures and private moments. Heroes are sometimes portrayed as superhuman protagonists while at other times as average people who rise above the ordinary. Included are both mythological heroes, among them Herakles, Achilles, Odysseus and Helen, and mortal heroes, including warriors, athletes and rulers.

Dueling Warriors, ca. 530 BCE. Glazed ceramic, 3 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore  48.223

Dueling Warriors, ca. 530 BCE. Glazed ceramic, 3 3/4 x 7 3/8 in. The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore 48.223

The exhibition comes to the Frist Center from the Walters Art Museum, Baltimore. «Read the rest of this article»

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Janus Rising


Like the ancient Roman god, classical studies looks both to the past and the future.


Illustration by Liz Asher

Clarksville, Tenn., a city of 125,000 on the Tennessee–Kentucky border, is best known for its proximity to the sprawling Fort Campbell Army Base. The town takes pride in attracting new industry and bills itself as the “Gateway to the New South.”

But Clarksville is also a place that “represents the perfect circle of classical studies,” says Professor Barbara Tsakirgis, chair of Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies. “Throughout the years I’ve been at Vanderbilt, we’ve had a steady stream of high-school students come to us from Clarksville.”

What is it about Clarksville and classical studies? “There are five Latin teachers there,” Tsakirgis says, “and we trained four of them.” «Read the rest of this article»

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