These essays were created by a group of University of Colorado students and are intended to accompany the CU Art Museum's collection of ancient Greek vases and figurines. The essays discuss a broad range of topics, including chronology, major historical figures, decorative techniques, and so on. 

Find Spots: Greek Vases or Etruscan Vases?

June 14, 2018

An introduction to the findspots of most ancient Greek vases and the debate about whether they originated in Greece or in Italy.


June 14, 2018

A definition of clay and a brief discussion of the clays used in ancient Greek pottery production.

Bronze Age Pottery on the Greek Mainland

June 14, 2018

An overview of the chronology of the Bronze Age on the Greek mainland and a brief discussion of the major pottery styles at this time.

Black-Figure Vase Painting

June 14, 2018

The history and techniques of black-figure vase painting.


June 14, 2018

A discussion of the main appendages added to ancient Greek vessels in the process of production.

Ancient Greek Tripod Cauldrons

An overview of the two main types of tripod cauldrons in ancient Greece.

Wining and Dining in Ancient Greece

May 23, 2018

A basic introduction to ancient Greeks' wining and dining habits and the vessels associated with them.

Public Dining in Ancient Greece

May 23, 2018

A discussion of public dining in ancient Greece and, specifically, ancient Athens.