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My Museum (of Classical Archaeology) Favourite

Inspired by the University of Cambridge Museums ‘My Museum Favourite‘ project, Res Gerendae, the collaborative blog run by graduate students at the Cambridge University Faculty of Classics have started their own project inviting staff, students and visitors to the Museum of Classical Archaeology, or other museums with Classics-related collections, to share their favourite objects.

Read a taster below of the contributions to the project to date.

The Belvedere Torso

The Belvedere Torso


The Belvedere Torso

Ruth Allen

“what I love about this sculpture is exactly its enigmatic, abstract quality. Nameless, faceless, the Belvedere Torso becomes an anonymous epitome of ideal manliness, made all the more arresting for its broken, truncated state. Shape-shifting through time, it has transformed into a provocative, confrontational, sensuous object in its own right; it expresses the ambiguities of heroism, the fragility of even great bodies.”

Hercules among the casts,

Hercules among the casts

The Farnese Hercules
Josh Pugh Ginn

“Hercules himself is a magnificent specimen: over ten feet tall, he has such a quantity of muscle that it would seem difficult for clothes to stay on him, had he chosen to wear any. We are a long way from the manicured body-beautifuls of the Classical ideal. Our Hercules is a bruiser: his veins are bulging, his beard is tangled, his nose squashed, his forehead positively Neanderthal.”

Replica of a Syracusan coin

Replica of a Syracusan coin

A Syracusan coin
George Watson

“This object encapsulates so many things that fascinate me about ancient art. It is, in itself, a beautiful piece, but on top of that it is layered with history, both ancient and modern. I love how it tells us countless stories, and acts as a window onto so many different aspects of the past.”

Read the full series of contributions to My Museum Favourite at the Museum of Classical Archaeology on the project blog.

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