In the following pages, two of the basic categories of mythological characters are covered - gods and heroes. Ancient artists were endlessly fond of portraying images of their gods and goddesses in sculpture on on vases. In addition, the legends and stories of heroes and heroines were also immortalized in stone and paint. Learning about these denizens of mythology forms the foundation for an understanding of Greek and Roman art.
Gods and Goddesses | The Greek gods and goddesses were a perennial source of inspiration to ancient vase painters and sculptors - from the Olympian deities, such as Aphrodite and Zeus, to other spirits, the divine realm was fodder for artists hungry to represent idealized beauty.
Heroes and Heroines | coming soon!...
The mythical figures referred to as heroes and heroines were also important to both the Greeks and Romans, and these mythological characters appear regularly in works of ancient art; some notable heroic characters are Hercules, Adonis, Ariadne, and Perseus.
Art & Myth in Ancient Greece
This book by T.H. Carpenter is an essential resource for anyone interested in ancient Greek art and mythology.