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Poseidon and the Sea

Handle in the Shape of Triton Horse Figurine Red-Figure Fish Plate: Red mullet, wrasse, cuttlefish, mussel; Wave (rim) Sarcophagus Lid Fragment: Two dolphins swimming left, on waves Statue of Poseidon/Neptune alongside dolphin Tetradrachm: Poseidon head Trident Greek, Attic, attributed to the Syleus Painter, Poseidon and Amphitrite receiving libation from Nike, red-figure stamnos, about 470 BCE. Toledo Museum of Art: Purchased with funds from the Libbey Endowment, Gift of Edward Drummond Libbey; 1956.58. Photo: Richard P. Goodbody, Inc.

Myth, Cult, and Daily Life

January 17–March 15, 2015

The realm of Poseidon encompassed virtually every aspect of life in the ancient Mediterranean world, from mythology and cult to daily activities. This exhibition explores each of his dominions through more than one hundred works of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman art produced between 800 BCE and 400 CE. Visitors will see striking black-figure and red-figure pottery, alongside sculptures in terracotta, marble, and precious metals, and extraordinary examples of ancient glass, mosaics, carved gems, and coins, all providing a rich picture of life in the ancient world. Poseidon and the Sea offers an intimate look not only at the mysteries of the ancient world, but also at the timeless beauty and wonder of the sea that continues to resonate with us in the present day. This exhibition was organized by the Tampa Museum of Art.

This exhibition's presentation at the Hood Museum of Art was generously supported by Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein, Class of 1987, and the Eleanor Smith Fund, the Evelyn A. J. Hall Fund, and the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund.

Press Release

Press Coverage: Union Leader -- The Dartmouth

Related Events

16 January, Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium
"The Antikythera Shipwreck: Excavating the World's Richest Ancient Shipwreck"
Brendan Foley, Research Specialist, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Dr. Foley will discuss the latest discoveries and use of new technology at one of the Mediterranean's most important shipwreck sites, which dates to around 70 BCE. Co-sponsored by the Neukom Institute, the Dartmouth Archaeology Working Group, and the Hood Museum of Art.


25 January, Sunday, 12:00–5:00 p.m.
Poseidon and the Sea
Travel back in time and across ancient seas to explore the realm of Poseidon and its connection to the ancient Mediterranean world, from mythology and cult to activities of daily life. In the gallery, a family guide and other resources will lead you on your looking adventure. In the studio, use a variety of materials to create your own works of art inspired by the range of objects in the exhibition. Designed for children ages 6 to 12 and their adult companions. No pre-registration required. For more information, call (603) 646-1469.


30 and 31 January, Friday and Saturday
Poseidon and the Sea: Myth, Cult, and Daily Life

30 January, Friday, 5:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium

Seth Pevnick, Dartmouth Class of 1999, Acting Director, Chief Curator, and Richard E. Perry Curator of Greek and Roman Art, Tampa Museum of Art
Dr. Pevnick will discuss the making of the exhibition and its themes of myth, culture, daily life, and seafaring.

This lecture will be followed by a reception with live music in the Kim Gallery from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

31 January, Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art Auditorium

"Poseidon and the Sea: An Exploration of Themes"
Join us for this half-day symposium co-sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art, the Department of Classics, and the Department of Art History. The event has been funded by these departments, a Hood Museum of Art endowment from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Claire Foerster and Daniel S. Bernstein, Class of 1987.

Myth and Cult
Jenifer Neils, The Elsie B. Smith Professor in the Liberal Arts, Case Western Reserve University:
"'The Voyage Out': Fish in Attic Vase Painting"

Margaret Miles, Professor of Art History, Classics, and Visual Studies, University of California, Irvine:
"Templed Promontories: Visibility at Sea in Poseidon's Aegean"

Daily Life
William M. Murray, Mary and Gus Stathis Professor of Greek History, University of South Florida:
"Poseidon's Realm: Ancient Naval Warfare"

Sarah Murray, Assistant Professor of Classics and Religious Studies, University of Nebraska, Lincoln:
"Ancient Naval Navigation"

A Q&A will follow each session.

 Past Events & Lectures

Last Updated: 1/26/15