minoan style

List of books

:D if anyone is interested on the books I got on my trip, here is a list:

GREEK ART:

Pergamon and the Hellenistic Kingdoms of the Ancient World: this book is huge and has amazing photography of the hellenistic period art (statues, jewelry, and more). Very useful if you visited the exposition at the MET.

How to read Greek Vases (MET – Joan R. Mertens): this books features many of the vases that are on display at the MET. The photography has great quality and you can learn a lot of things from the vases. The book is good because there are many little details that you might not have seen from the visit at the museum (especially because some vases are really small or lighting doesn’t allow to see them/take photographs) and you can study them with the book.

Athenian Red Figure Vases The classical Period: this book has black-white photography. It has many pictures of vases drawings, and text explaining about the art periods and painters.

Minoan and Mycenean art (Reynold Higgins): it has many pictures (241 illustrations, 54 in color) and you can learn a lot about materials and motifs of ancient art. If you love minoan style, this is a good book for you <3

Ancient Greek Designs (Marty Noble): this book is awesome because it contains many drawings from vases, plates and other clay sources. You can use it as a coloring book, or just have it to see the cool designs.

GREEK MYTHOLOGY:

Mythology (Edith Hamilton): I haven’t read it complete, but it is a nice book, beautifully written. It has some illustrations and the index is very good.

Treasury of Greek Mythology (Donna Jo Napoli, Christina Balit): a very beautiful book! Illustrations are gorgeous. I have only read the story of Demeter and it was nice (actually was kind of funny because is like Hades thinks Persephone’s ankles are the most beautiful thing ever and he falls in love XD very faithful to the Hymn to Demeter I’d say).

Myths, tales of the greek and roman gods (Lucia Impelluso): this book is small and super thick (780 pages). It contains tons of amazing artwork related to mythology. I’m learning about many paintings I didn’t know before thanks to it.

ANCIENT GREEK LIFE

Ancient Greece, Everyday life (Robert Garland): this books is really useful for anyone writing literature based in Ancient Greece because it explains very common things from private life, time (clocks-calendars) and other things that other books tend to ignore. I haven’t finished it, but I love it.

The Classical Cookbokk (Andrew Dalby and Sally Grainger): okay this book is like a little gem. It does not only teach you great things regarding food in Ancient Greek and Rome, but also contains recipes and gorgeous illustrations.

Household Gods, private devotion in Ancient Greece and Rome (Alexandra Sofroniew): seems a nice book, but can’t say much about it yet because I haven’t read it (there is no mention of Hades and Persephone obviously). :P the title should speak a little for it.

The Greek Way of Death (Robert Garland) + Death in the Greek World (Maria Serena Mirto): haven’t read them yet, but both treat the subject of death, concept of soul and the realm of Hades.

FEMINISM / WOMEN STUDIES

Pandora’s Daughters (Eva Cantarella): speaks about matriarchy, origins of misogyny, and other subjects regarding women in Ancient Greek and Rome. 

Women in Greek Myth (Mary R. Lefkowitz): I’ve only read Lefkowitz’ writing regarding rape in ancient greek mythology and I was very pleased from her views. I’m looking forward to read her, she seems very different from other authors and I feel that we might share many opinions. A sample of this “Hades may need to use both deception and violence to abduct Persephone, because she, like himself, is a divinity, powerful, immortal and ageless”. I mean, how amazing is that, she basically states Persephone is already powerful before becoming queen. 

Goddesses (Joseph Campbell): makes analysis of ancient goddesses (palelothic age, ancient greece, egypt) and also other divine feminine figures. Has a lot of cool illustrations, and even a chapter for Persephone/Demeter’s myth.

Spartan Women (Sara B. Pomeroy): A book of great examination of Spartan women. Haven’t read it yet, but Spartan women had less restrictions than Athenian women, so studying this subject is really interesting if you want to have a wider view of how women were treated in Ancient Greece.

My Minotaur Girl

Ariadne

Ariadne was a mythological cretean princess, daughter of the notorious king Minus.


She was the princess who gave the ball of wool to Theseus can find the way back into the labyrinth after killing the minotaur.

Minoan girls didn’t dress with white peplos so common in the movies, but they wore such elaborate clothing like those layered skirts with tight waist, and often wore her breasts on display highlighted in tight corsets!

If Ariadne had existed, she probably would dress like this.


c. 1400 BC

by mara sop