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Creature Feature: Heroes and Hogs in Ancient Greece

A realistic sculpture of a boar, which seems to be running forward.
Wild boar, Greek, Archaic period, late 6th century BCE. Leaded bronze. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Alpheus Hyatt Purchasing Fund, Marian H. Phinney Fund, David M. Robinson Fund, Estate of Leo Mildenberg, and Acquisitions Fund in honor of David Gordon Mitten, 2012.211.

Gallery Talk

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In this talk, archaeologist Sarah Eisen will explore how pigs were part of everyday life in ancient Greece and how their ferocious relative the wild boar challenged heroes like Odysseus and Herakles.

Creature Feature, an online series from the Harvard Art Museums, offers a chance for families to explore magical creatures across the collections through close looking and curious exploration with museum staff. Creature Feature talks are free, open to explorers ages 6 and up, and offered once a month on Zoom.

Led by:
Sarah Eisen, graduate intern at the Harvard Art Museums and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of the Classics, Harvard University

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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