Virtually explore the National Archaeological Museum in Naples with Smarthistory as your guide
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For the ancient Greeks, the human body was perfect. Explore this example of the mathematical source of ideal beauty.
In 1938, an excavation at the ancient Roman city of Pompeii revealed a small carved ivory of Indian origin.
Sources tell us that painting was the Greek’s finest art form: is this a hint at what we’re missing?
Hospitality was key in ancient Rome, and this wall painting shows the gifts that guests may have received.
Weary from his labors, Hercules leans on his club, with hints of his heroic trials hidden in plain sight.