British Museum VI: Roman Antiquities

May 27, 2012

This is the last of the British Museum posts which, of course, barely scratch the surface…

Marcus Aurelius

Fighting a sea-monster (2nd century BCE, Chiusi)

Lid of sea-monster urn

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British Museum V: Parthenon friezes

May 23, 2012

East Frieze V, 34-35

Iris (West Pediment N)

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British Museum IV: The Nereid Monument

May 17, 2012

The Nereid Monument, perhaps built by the Lycian dynast Arbinas, is a late 5th century BCE Greek-style tomb from Xanthos (on the south coast of Turkey). Now it’s in the British Museum.

The Monument

Detail of the large podium frieze

Another detail from the large podium frieze

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British Museum III: Mausolos’s Mausoleum

May 11, 2012

Parts of Bodrum are quite lovely, particularly the harbor:

The view from breakfast, last summer…

But the site of the famous Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is not one of them:

Site of the Mausoleum

But some of the more spectacular parts of the Mausoleum now reside in the British Museum:

Greeks fighting with Amazons

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British Museum II: Assyrian Antiquities

May 10, 2012

From the ninth to the seventh century BCE, the Assyrians ruled an empire which eventually stretched from Mesopotamia to Egypt. While they may have been universally reviled for their brutal tactics, they at least left behind some beautiful, if often rather martial, reliefs:

Tukulti-apil-esharra AKA Tiglath-pileser III ruled the Assyrians from 745 to 727 BCE. Among his many achievements was the conquest of Babylon.

Depiction of a siege in Babylonia from Nimrud, ca. 728 BCE.

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British Museum I: Egyptian Antiquities

May 9, 2012

This is the first of several posts of photos from the British Museum. We’ll start with a few examples of the Egyptian material…

The Rosetta Stone: hard to photograph…

Amenhotep III, ca. 1400 BCE

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Roman Republican Coins in the British Museum

August 16, 2010

An extremely useful new tool:

A catalogue of the Roman Republican Coins in the British Museum, with descriptions and chronology based on M. H. Crawford, Roman Republican Coinage (1974)…

Entries are generated directly from our collection database and might change as Museum curators discover more about the objects. This format aims to provide a ‘living’ catalogue so its contents can be adapted to reflect current research.