Art and Aesthetics in
Ancient Greece and Rome
I. Ancient Art and Architecture Resources for Greece (+ some on Rome)
The Acropolis Museum
Lots on the Acropolis (contains pictures, diagrams, etc)
All about the Acropolis.
National Archeological Museum of Athens web-site.
Collection of Greek art is impressive.
Floor Plan, British Museum
Take a virtual tour of Greek artifacts in the British Museum!
The Trojan War in Greek
Art Be sure to look at The
famous statue of Laocoon and his son being devoured by snakes (Laocoon tried to warn the
Trojans not to let the Greeks' horse into Troy, but the gods attacked and punished him
Or, another image is Fallen
war hero Sarpedon (son of Zeus); note you can click on this image from a vase-painting to
enlarge it and see details.
Site all about the Parthenon (includes pictures, diagrams, etc.) Very good site.
Propylaia Good reconstruction of the Propylaia on the Acropolis (just to get an idea of how
things might have looked)
The Parthenon friezes! Great site. Pictures with explanations of subject matter.
Index of Museums This index gives you access to all the museums in Greece! Its not a great site because it's too large, but it might be a good place to start research.
Good pages on ancient Athens,
with pictures and explanation of sites and monuments. Gorgeous photos!
"Images of Orality and Literacy
in Greek Iconography of the Fifth, Fourth and Third Centuries BCE"
Specialized subject matter, but interesting.
Be sure to check
out the House of Venus; it's beautiful. Did Botticelli
know about this?
Pompeiian art Their misfortune is our good luck. J. Paul Getty
definitely knew about this.
Roman Art and Architecture Good site; well laid out
pictures with good descriptions of sites and monuments. Provides some cultural/historical context.
Colosseum Fairly good site on the Roman Colosseum.
Geocities site, so has annoying pop-up ads. Good for those who enjoyed Gladiator!
Picture index with hundreds of images of ancient (historical) people (mostly Romans).
Some images on coins, statues, paitings. Good site overall, but very slow loading. A few images are not ancient, but still
offer something worthwhile.
Rome: A Virtual Tour
Take a virtual tour of ancient Rome! Great site to explore.
Ancient Rome: Places
Imense picture index with aprox. 150 images of ancient Roman structures.
C. Both Greek and Roman:
Greek and Roman art at the Metropolitan Museum, New York Well-designed
site, easy to do searches; plus, you can buy a sculpture reproduction in the Museum Store!
Greek and Roman art at the Vatican Museum Can you figure out why this
is called the "Profane" museum?
D. Other Ancient Art
Egyptian art collection at the Louvre (for a different perspective)
The Seven Wonders of the ancient world
Very well done, easy to explore. Be sure to look at the statue of Zeus
at Olympia; these
statues are (part of) what is missing when you visit ancient Greek ruins today.
Mythological Characters Picture index with hundreds of images of mythological characters, very interesting.
Some are not ancient works, but the sheer size of the index is worthwhile!
II. Philosophy/Aesthetics Pages
Perseus encyclopedia entry for Aristotle A lot of information here; includes hyperlinks to texts and other resources.
Perseus encyclopedia entry for Plato A lot of info; includes hyperlinks to texts and other resources.
Platonic art-work made by other College students!
Mostly images from the Republic, very interesting stuff.
Scholarly article titled "Realism, Art and Republic X":
Platos Republic outlined by topic.
Part V, "The Quarrel between Philosophy and Poetry" is extremely relevant
Some simple notes to start with on Aristotles Poetics
Page with an outline of Aristotles
Poetics by topic.
Also includes a section on vocabulary (catharsis, mimesis, etc.)
Lecture notes accompanying Aristotles Poetics.
Very thorough outline with great links to the actual text.
Small Essay on the impact of Aristotle on modern drama
III. Drama and Tragedy
Perseus'encyclopedia entry for Sophocles. Good introduction to Sophocles, with hyperlinks to his works.
Perseus encyclopedia entry for Aeschylus
encyclopedia entry for Euripides
Ancient Theater TodayThis site from Berkley is on ancient
drama as it is performed today, very interesting and very thorough.
"Introduction to Ancient Theatre"
"Greek Stagecraft" This site has a lot of useful information. Contains pictures, floorplans, diagrams, etc.
"Roman Stagecraft" Similar to the one just above.
Nice view from
above of Theater of Dionysos, Athens For more beautiful images, to to the
Images of Athens website and scroll down.
- Theater at Epidaurus
Great site from Greek Ministry of Culture. This is the best-preserved of the ancient sites, and
they still do performances there at summer festivals. It has incredibly good acoustics.
Be sure to view the
from the seats
--it's as if you are really there!
IV. Historical/Cultural Background
Perseus ancient text index (by author)
The translations are old, but still useful.
Note: This site is a large index. Use it to find links to specific works (e.g., Poetics, Republic, etc.)
Perseus' Overview of Greek History, by Thomas Martin
Sections to look at would include:
#7- Introduction to the 5th century
#9- Athenian Empire in the Golden Age
9.4- Periclean Building Program
#10- Athenian Religious & Cultural Life in the Golden Age
10.2.1-The Nature of Tragedy
10.2.2-The Performance of Tragedy
10.2.3-The Spectacle of Tragedy
10.2.5-Tragedy and the Polis
#15- New Direction in Philosophy and Education
There are too many sites in the WWW about the historical and cultural background of Greece. For more, try using
your own favorite search engine. Remember to check on the academic/scholarly credentials of the author of the site.
Sites from educators, museums, and other cultural institutions are usually more credible than amateur sites.
V. Ancient Texts On-Line
VI. Large Search Tools and Resources
A source for Electronic Resources for Classicists
There is more here than you could ever know (or want to know?). It is well-organized, but
still pretty overwhelming. You might be surprised by the section called "software development".
Argos A starter list
of resources on the ancient and medieval worlds. There are some links here that take you to sites with
information about other ancient cultures, like China.
Library of Congress Classics Resources List
This is what it says. There are many topics you can learn more about by following out links that lead off from
this page, or ones linked to it (be sure to look at the tiny font in the upper left-hand corner,
for more links):
This resource list was created by Dr. Cynthia Freeland, with the assistance
of Steve Shardonofsky, and partially funded by a grant from the University of Houston.
Perseus By now you have probably noticed that this is THE leading
research tool for anyone interested in Greco-Roman classics.
Last modified February 6, 2001