Kelsey Museum (University of Michigan)

March 22, 2010

I’d never been there before but apparently it was recently renovated and expanded. Well worth a visit!

Bust of a Flavian or Trajanic man

Grain mill

Spurius family inscription from Cumae, second century BCE

Bust, possibly of a Roman empress, CE 200-225.

Detail of 5th century BCE kylix (drinking cup) featuring man pressing grapes

Glass unguentarium from Fayum region (2nd century CE)


Quote of the Day: Kyzikos

March 9, 2010

it has been said that Kyzikos was ‘the mint of Athens on the Propontis’ and indeed it is possible to find, among the almost inexhaustible variety of Kyzikene staters, plenty of signs of the Athenian connection. All the types still have the local emblem of the tunny fish as a subsidiary detail, and among the main designs many seem to be borrowed or suggested by those of other cities, sometimes quite remote… It is, nevertheless, most interesting to find types which are based purely on Athenian myth or history and which never occur elsewhere as coin types…

– G. K. Jenkins Ancient Greek Coins (1972) page 96.