Let's find out about some real Greek artefacts.
You can see lots more objects on display at Birmigham Museum
and Art Gallery.
Red Figure Pottery The Greeks made lots of beautiful vases and pots to
store things like olive oil, wine and water. These were painted
of water and clay called ‘slip’. The pots
were then fired in a ‘kiln’ to make the slip change
colour. The pictures on the vases and pots give us a clue to
what life might have been like 2000 years ago in Ancient Greece.
A Pottery Head
Heads like this have been found at ancient temple sites,
suggesting that they were left as gifts for the gods. They
have also been found in tombs, sat on top of jars containing
cremated human bones.
The backs of the heads were left plain, but the faces
were made in moulds. The
faces may have been intended as portraits of real people.
An Oil Lamp The Ancient Greeks did not have electricity, so they burned
olive oil in pottery lamps to light their houses, workshops
This lamp would have been made on a potter's wheel, with a hole cut through
the side and a nozzle stuck on. You can see that the clay has gone black
the wick burned.
A Siver Coin
This coin had the value of around 10 drachmai and was made between 405 - 380BC.
On the front is probably the head of the nymph Artemis-Arethusa. There are
On the rear is a four-horse chariot. The chorit driver is crowned with a wreath
by NIKE, which means 'victory.' Below, armour and weapons can be seen.