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Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds: the Temple of Diana at Nemi: Track 1

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How was mythology used by ancient Romans in their everyday lives? At Nemi to the south of Rome, the sanctuary of the goddess Diana provides us with a snapshot of Roman life and society. This album explores some of the fragments of objects found at the site of Diana's temple, such as a street entertainer's clay lamp, an ex-slave's votive statue and a miniature model of the Temple itself. Containing significant clues about social mobility, these cult objects reveal how lower social classes used mythical stories to empower themselves.

This material forms part of The Open University course A330 Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds.

By: The iTunes U team (The Open University,)

  • Duration 45 mins
  • Updated Tuesday 17th August 2010
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under History & The Arts
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Track 1: Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds: the Temple of Diana at Nemi

A short introduction to this album.


© The Open University 2010


Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds: the Temple of Diana at Nemi    A short introduction to this album. Play now Myth in the Greek and Roman Worlds: the Temple of Diana at Nemi
2 The Temple of Diana at Nemi: temple model    Examining the mysterious miniature terracotta model of temple, found at Nemi. Play now The Temple of Diana at Nemi: temple model
3 The Temple of Diana at Nemi: anatomical votive    What can we learn about Diana and her worshippers from this statue, found at Nemi? Play now The Temple of Diana at Nemi: anatomical votive
4 The Temple of Diana at Nemi: Oil lamp    Gleaning clues about the fabric of Roman society from a fragment of an oil lamp. Play now The Temple of Diana at Nemi: Oil lamp
5 The Temple of Diana at Nemi: Herm    The messages conveyed in a statue donated by an ex-slave. Play now The Temple of Diana at Nemi: Herm
6 Nemi and myth    Open University academic Valerie Hope explains how objects found at Nemi reveal how mythology played a key role in everyday life. Play now Nemi and myth
7 Why study myth?    Chris Emlyn-Jones, Valerie Hope and Paula James reveal the enduring importance of myth. Play now Why study myth?
8 A330: Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds    How story and myth are embedded into the monuments and artefacts of ancient Greece and Rome. Play now A330: Myth in the Greek and Roman worlds