Thanks to all of you who entered to win a copy of William Wallace's new book, Michelangelo: the Artist, the Man, and His Times
. I always love a good giveaway, and I love having fun prizes, too.
Congratulations to Carolyn!
She's the winner of this giveaway
. She has a really nice collection of printable bookmarks on her blog, Corner of the Library
-- handy for all you book worms! You'll find her on Twitter, too: cmcarpenter28
I'd love to send you each a prize, but this will just have to do...
|Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum|
This gold medal was found in Egypt -- part of a cache of similar medallions one of which was inscribed "Olympic Games of the year 274." Now in the Walters Art Museum
in Baltimore, this medal may have been a prize from the Olympic Games held during Emperor Caracalla's reign (198-217 AD). That's Caracalla depicted on the medallion with his shield.
The Romans were as Olympics-crazy as we are today, and they adopted the Greek custom with a fervor. Nike
made an appearance even at those ancient games -- just not in swoosh form. Look at Caracalla's shield. That's Nike, the goddess of victory, on the shield depicted in the bobsled of the day, a chariot.
|Reverse of the medal. Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.|Faster! Higher! Stronger!
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