The J. Paul Getty Museum offers an informative and learned treatment of the use of mythological images in European art, including the God of War, Mars. Readers may like to begin with the introduction on the landing page, which describes the curriculum. From there, they may like to explore the Lesson Plans, each of which focuses on an ancient object housed at the Getty, such as the 2nd Century Greek statue of the great hero Herakles (Roman: Hercules). In addition, the page About Greek and Roman Mythology provides a general introduction to heroes and gods of Greek and Roman mythology, including its place in Ancient and European cultures, as well as more focused sections on the nature and proclivities of heroes (who are mortal but make themselves immortal through their acts) and gods (who are immortal, and may act in extraordinarily human ways). For educators searching for resources to supplement their teaching on Greek and Roman mythology, this site provides useful resources related to the Getty's holdings.
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