Homer and the Epics
Wine, Poets, and Performers in Ancient Greece
Is there any name that more instantaneously conjures the classical tradition in the modern imagination than Homer? Today, the itinerant blind bard’s stories and their enduring appeal are ubiquitous, appearing everywhere from high school curricula to Hollywood films. From the 8th century BCE on, ancient artists sought to render Homer’s poems about the trials and tribulations of a golden age of heroes—passed on orally for generations before they were written down—in visual terms. They created objects in media ranging from monumental religious sculpture to smaller personal items such as seals and gemstones. This gallery showcases the MFA’s world-renowned collection of artwork illustrating scenes, many of them unique, from the Trojan Cycle.