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Elvis Never Left the Building!
He's right there on the corner of ancient Roman sarcophagus above. Don't see him? Let's zoom in: That's him on the left. It's supposed to be Medusa who is there to ward off evil, but that never looked like Medusa to me. On my gallery tours for the Michael C. Carlos Museum, I often describe her as "Screaming Elvis." Amazingly, Elvis shows up a lot in ancient art. On … [Read more...] about Elvis Never Left the Building!
It’s Women’s History Month So Let’s Talk Kick-Butt Ancient Warrior Queens!
Powerful women are always fascinating, but there is something especially intriguing about women in the ancient world who led their kingdoms and also led armies into battle. Both were extraordinarily difficult in eras where women generally had very little economic and social power, let alone political and military strength. With Elizabeth Warren--arguably the most qualified … [Read more...] about It’s Women’s History Month So Let’s Talk Kick-Butt Ancient Warrior Queens!
Wait, This is a CHILD, not Circe!
At first I was beguiled by the sweet intensity and realness of the girl in this image from The Met Collection . Then I saw the artist's title for the photograph: CIRCE. I immediately went into mama-lionness mode: This is a CHILD! Why would the photographer name her after the wily, sexual witch who turned men into pigs and kept Odysseus in her bed?! Sexualizing … [Read more...] about Wait, This is a CHILD, not Circe!