Horses on Greek Coins to be Discussed in a Seminar

06 Mar 2018  Tue

Horses have been featured on ancient cave art in France which is supposedly 30,000 years old. The graceful yet strong animal is featured prominently even in ancient coinage from different parts of the world.

These beautiful ancient coins depicting horses would be discussed by the executive director of ANS - Ute Wartenberg Kagan on 7th April at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art in Richmond.

The discussion titled “The Horse in Ancient Greek Art” will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the museum’s Leslie Cheek Theater.

Horses - hooved and winged, chariots, centaurs, and satyrs were featured on several ancient Greek coins. Owning and racing horses or chariots was considered to be a mark of social status. Many mythological stories also talked about these special creatures.

Visitors can take a look at a complementary exhibit on the same topic as well. This exhibit will close on 8th July. A catalogue of 80 items from the exhibit can be purchased for $30.

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