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Shining New Light on Ancient Statues

  Original Greek statues were brightly painted, but after thousands of years, those paints have worn away. Find out how shining a light on the statues can be all that’s required to see them as they were thousands of years ago.
So begins a fascinating article by Esther Inglis-Arkell titled, Ultraviolet light reveals how ancient Greek statues really looked.  This article will change the way you look at ancient art.  Most of us imagine the ancient forums and agora as series of sleek building in the austere black and white of old movies.  If this scientific study proves true then Ms. Inglish-Arkell changes that image by showing us the ancient world in techni-color.  The article provides a unique opportunity to integrate history, art, and science in your Latin classroom.  Couple this article with the opportunity to color pictures of ancient statues or even paint small models.  Talk with your science teacher about how to incorporate this information in a study on light in science class.  Let the imagination run wild!

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