Finding Greek Mythology All Over the World
Classical Greek art dates back to around 500 BCE or more than 2500 years into the past. The Ancient Greeks used art to depict gods, heroes, titans, politicians, philosophers, soldiers, and scenes from normal life. These combinations of mythological, political, and personal artworks have come to define neoclassical art and influence other art movements. The Romans adopted many facets of Greek art and mythology, carrying these influences wherever they went in their bid to conquer the world. As a result, much of ancient Greek art survives today and can be found in many modern exhibits, structures, museums, and other institutions all over the world. It has also inspired places to replicate Greek art and architecture.
The British Museum
Our own British Museum is home to many of the marble sculptures
that were taken from the Parthenon in Athens. Most of the sculptures were made by a team of ancient Greek sculptors headed by Phidias, who was also responsible for the statue of Zeus at Olympia – one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The exhibit includes academically realistic depictions of human anatomy, representing gods, legends, and other mythical figures like the Fates who were the ancient Greek incarnations of destiny.
Metropolitan Museum of Art aka the MET
There are few Greek monsters as famous as Medusa. The great beauty who could turn people into stone has become integrated into many forms of fiction. The Metropolitan Museum of Art has an exhibit called Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art
, that examines how the depictions of the Gorgon evolved from a monster to a femme fatale. The famous museum in New York looks at the different versions of the character, dating from Ancient Greece up to the 20th century, through various paintings, vessels, and sculptures. The exhibition seeks to challenge visitors' expectations of the Gorgon, who is often presented as an evil beauty who lures people to her, in order to kill them. This representation of the character can be found across every imaginable medium. Foxy Bingo has its own version of a Medusa game
based on the Greek mythical character, which follows the famous description of a great beauty with snakes for hair. For those who want a new take on the character, the MET exhibition looks at how feminist movements have tried to claim Medusa as a symbol of female power. This is the perfect place to go for those who want to explore Greek myths in a wider context. The MET exhibition runs until January 2019.
Shodoshima, or Shodo Island, is the first area in Japan to grow olives. It's also home to Olive Park, an organic olive farm that celebrates its Greek influences with its own statue of Dionysus the god of wine and revelry
. Visitors can get olive oil facials and baths at ancient Greece-inspired structures complete with Doric columns and murals. Apart from the olive groves and mythological imagery, Olive Park is also where you'll find the Greek windmill that was given to Shodo Island by their sister island of Minos in the Aegean Sea.
These are just some of the places in the world where you can still see artefacts depicting legendary figures in Greek mythology. Whether or not you're into Greek myth, art, and history, these awesome locations are worth a visit.