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Visit the ANU Classics Museum

By anuevents - 18 August 2013 5

Take this rare opportunity to visit the ANU Classics Museum on a weekend and enjoy free parking.

The Classics Museum was established in 1962 by Professor Richard Johnson, Professor of Classics at ANU. Amongst its first acquisitions were an Attic wine bowl, a gold lion’s head earring, and some coins. From those early years the Museum developed steadily with the support of the University, loans from University House, the Australian National Gallery, the Parliament House Art Collection, and former students and others in Canberra who have acquired classical antiquities. The Friends of the Classics Museum, since their inception, have played an important role in acquiring items for the collection.

The collection was established for teaching purposes and is regularly used as a resource not only by Classics and Ancient History but also by colleagues in Art History, Archaeology, and the School of Art. Spanning the Mediterranean and beyond, the collection features examples of ancient art and objects of daily life from Greece, the Roman world, Egypt, and the Near East. It has areas of strength in domestic items, writing and commemoration, southern Italian pottery, and drama.

Days, dates and details:

The Museum will be open for two hours each day and you are free to browse for as little or as long as you like during this time. Your host will be on hand to give guidance and answer questions.

Where: Ground floor, AD Hope Building (14), end of Ellery Crescent, The Australian National University

Saturday 24 August 9-11am (hosted by Dr Paul Burton, Senior Lecturer in Roman History and Program Head, Classics and Ancient History, ANU)

Sunday 25 August 10.30am-12.30pm (Professor Elizabeth Minchin, Classics and Ancient History, School of Cultural Inquiry, ANU)

Sunday 8 September 10.30am-12.30pm (Professor Elizabeth Minchin, Classics and Ancient History, School of Cultural Inquiry, ANU)

Saturday 19 October 3-5pm (hosted by Dr Ioannis Ziogas, Lecturer in Classics, School of Cultural Inquiry, ANU)

Free and open to the public.

Need directions? Map available here.

Enquiries: E paul.burton@anu.edu.au T 02 6125 7009

Why not make a morning or afternoon of it? Degree Cafe and Zambrero (both at ANU and nearby) will be open on all days from 9am-3pm and 10am-4.30pm, respectively.

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Visit the ANU Classics Museum
wrigbe 2:37 pm 29 Aug 13

poetix said :

Robertson said :

Are you going to explain to the plebs which Attic the wine bowl is from, Poetix?

Presumably great great grandma’s.

While I much prefer your answer Poetix, I vaguely recall from my days of studying Greek history that ‘Attic’ means, I think, the classical period of the 5th and 4th centuries BC. I am sure someone will correct me if I am wrong.

poetix 1:26 pm 29 Aug 13

Robertson said :

Are you going to explain to the plebs which Attic the wine bowl is from, Poetix?

Presumably great great grandma’s.

Robertson 1:16 pm 29 Aug 13

Are you going to explain to the plebs which Attic the wine bowl is from, Poetix?

poetix 12:33 pm 29 Aug 13

This is really worth going to. My daughter, who is learning Latin, found it particularly interesting, but there is a thrill in seeing items that are thousands of years old even if you have never studied Classics. Coin nuts (which sounds like a Nasty Condition) should go as well as there are many coins on display.

The drinking vessels (rhytons) were the standout for me, and Professor Minchin was a wonderful example of what is good about the humanities. She was happy to answer questions.

Masquara 10:20 pm 18 Aug 13

Canberra never ceases to amaze with the depth and richness of its assets . Thanks for the post!

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