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Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Exploring Classical Art at the MFA: Daily Life

Explore the MFA’s extensive collection of classical art to learn about the daily life, work, rituals and games of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Discover what daily objects can tell us about the ancient world’s culture, society and beliefs.

Learning Goals:

Students will learn:

- About the life of men and women in ancient Greece and Rome, through the objects they used every day. 
- About the social values and beliefs of the ancient Greeks and Romans as shown in various pieces of art.
- To look closely and make visual observations about art, supporting their ideas by grounding them in a work of art.

Using this Resource:

• History and Social Studies teachers and students will be interested in the way artworks depict the culture, society and beliefs of the ancient Greeks and Romans, as well as the connections between them.

• Art teachers and students will be interested in the different materials, artistic methods and narrative techniques employed by artists to visually depict daily life and the birth of new styles in classical art, particularly in ceramics. 

• English Language Arts teachers and students will be interested in using the images as prompts for creative writing.

The objects in this tour are just a beginning. To learn more about the classical art of Greece and Rome, we suggest the “Exploring Classical Art at the MFA: Homer’s Iliad & Odyssey” and “Classical Mythology in Greek and Roman Art - Gods, Goddesses and Heroes” lessons. We encourage you to explore the Museum’s online collection through this web resource—or even better, to visit the Museum and walk through the physical galleries—to look for other objects that will provide further insights into the history of ancient Greece and Rome.



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