Friday, 22 June 2012

Looted Jug

Here's a detail from a 2,500-year-old water jug or kalpis which is being returned to Italy by the Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio, because investigators have determined it was looted (CLICK). At first glance it seems to show that the ancient Greeks discovered evolution centuries before Darwin did, but it depicts the myth that the Greek god Dionysos was once kidnapped by pirates and taken aboard a boat; he then turned the pirates into dolphins. Today's sailors could do with his help off the coast of Somalia.


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