These are a few of my favourite images and texts and some notes on why I like each one. Mostly, it's because something struck me as funny.
- This passage is a local story about Athene's real father. I just found it interesting and amusing.
Herodotus: Histories 4.180.4
- The sheer audacity of Theseus and Pirathous is unbelievable.
- The Rape of Persephone isn't something I'd normally call "amusing", but this wall painting is very charming.
Image, Kerch, wall painting, 1st century AD, MM
- I guess when you're ruler of all the gods, it doesn't matter if you're smooth with the ladies or not.
Homer: Iliad 14.315
- This statue of Silenus with the Infant Dionysus I find very beautiful.
Roman copy after a statue attributed to Lysippos, original ca 310-300 BC, AS
- But this vase painting of the birth of Dionysos is just funny.
Alkimachos Painter, ca 460 BC, MM
- This fawn is sticklike, yet very graceful.
Image, on Perseus.
- There is something rather...salacious about this account of Iphimedia and her passion for Poseidon.
- I really like the style of the figures in this Return of Hephaistos to Olympos.
Corinthian Amphoriskos, early 6th century BC, MM
- Again, it was the style of the figures that l liked here in this depiction of Artemis as Potnia Theron (Mistress of Animals)
Image, Boeotian vase, ca 680 BC, MM
- Eros has the greatest smirky look on his face in this statue of Aphrodite, Eros, and Pan
Image, Delos, ca 100 BC, AS
- The almost cartoony quality of these figures is something I really enjoy: Apollo and Python on omphalos
Attic lekythos, ca 470 BC, MM
- Mercury and Argos aren't that funny, but Io looking out of the door in the cow is really hysterical.
French miniature, 15th century, MM
- This story of Hephaistos and Athene makes me giggle every time.
- I love the way Heracles is straining to hold up the sky and Athene is effortless lifting it with one hand.
Olympia, temple of Zeus, ca 470-456 BC, MM
- The look on Zeus' face says it all.
Painter C, ca 570 BC, MM
- Zeus and Hermes: are those beards or do their chins really stick out that far?
Chimaera Painter, ca 530-520 BC, MM
- And my favourite:
Poseidon, the Earth Shaker, gone fishing: Image
Oltos, ca 520 BC, MM
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