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Religious ritual in ancient Greece regularly incorporated music, so much so that certain instruments or vocal genres frequently became associated with religious veneration of specific gods. The Attic cult of Pan and the Nymphs should also be included among this group: though little is often known about the specific ritual practises, the literary and visual evidence associated with the cults make repeated reference to music performed on the panpipes- and to auditory and sensory stimuli more generally- as a prominent feature of the worship of these gods. Laferriere considers the Vari Cave, sacred to Pan and the Nymphs, and together with the surviving marble votive reliefs from that space will explore the sounds and sensations associated with the veneration of the rural gods. Laferriere will argue that the sensory experience offered by the cave and the images within it would have enhanced the worshiper's experience of the ritual and the gods for whom they were performed. In this way, visual and auditory perceptions blurred together to create a powerful experience of the divine.




New Exhibition


Allen Seaby was an artist, teacher and writer. He lectured in the Fine Art department of what was University College, Reading and helped to found the Reading Guild of Artists. A master of Japanese style wood-block technique, he is best remembered for his prints of the natural world, particularly birds, yet he was also interested in the ancient past. Through his books he brought this world to life for young people.  Through unpublished artworks, on loan from the Gilmor family and archives including an unpublished manuscript in the University of Reading's Department of Typography and Graphic Communication, this exhibition documents Seaby's collaborations with Annie and Percy Ure, founders of the Ure Museum. 


New learning resource

Annie's box


This exciting new interactive experience is a collaboration between the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading and Museum in a Box, made possible by a generous grant from The Friends of the University of Reading.

How do we know about what happened in the past? Historians and archaeologists use bits and pieces of information- whatever they can find- and use those bits and pieces to create a narrative. Become a historian and use the collection to piece together Annie's story.

So who was Annie? Open the box to find out!

Annie's box covers Key Stage 2 and 3 subjects, such as Geography, History, English and Citizenship.

To find out more about borrowing Annie's box and our other Educational resources contact our Education Officer at ure.education@reading.ac.uk

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