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Myth, Mirrors and Monsters


Bronze mirror box with the image of Pan, 4th century BCE. MET DT5193. Wikipedia Commons.

Bronze mirror box with the image of Pan, 4th century BCE. MET DT5193. Wikipedia Commons.

By James Rutherford Hume

An ancient cosmetics table featured the usual items we would expect today:  perfume jars, powder boxes, hand-held mirrors, etc.  However, Greeks, Romans and Etruscans decorated these domestic pieces with unexpected scenes from mythology, ranging from scenes of warfare to heroic battles against monsters.  What did the violent and the ugly have to do with a personal quest for beauty?

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 12-1pm

GALLERY HALL, TFDL

Nickle at Noon talk by James Hume, Department of Classics & Religion