Chiron is an organisation formed by Spanish teachers of Classics and their website acts as a portal providing general information on the group (including on the courses organised by Chiron). Among the services are a space for blogs; a Wiki; a collection of bookmarks; a gallery of photographs that can be used for teaching (over 20,000 pictures at the time of review); and a series of online videos relating to classical topics. The aim of the group is to provide a series of Web tools useful in teaching classics that are relevant and tested by other teachers. Many of the resources are in Spanish, but the community is already starting to translate some resources and aims at creating an international community. Teachers in Classics (and classical archaeology) at all levels should visit this website and possibly participate and contribute in developing this community.
Designed to accompany a series of lectures given by Professor Kirk Summers of the University of Alabama, this website on Greek and Roman mythology provides links to images of the slides used as visual aids (showing primarily ancient art and architecture). The course is based around the theme of Greek and Roman mythology, and focuses on specific deities and texts relating to their stories. These include literary interpretations of particular myths from archaic Greece to Roman times, including Hesiod's Theogony, Ovid's Metamorphoses and Euripides' Bacchae. Lectures are based on the following themes: the creation myths; Zeus and Hera; Poseidon, Hermes and Hephaestus; Artemis and Athena; Cybele and Aphrodite; Demeter and Persephone; Apollo at Delphi; Dionysus; the underworld (including Orpheus); Heracles; and Perseus and Theseus. Each slide is accompanied by descriptive text, and although the actual text of the lectures is not featured here the site is nonetheless a valuable source of images for anyone seeking to illustrate teaching material on these topics. Links to relevant external websites are also given.
This website is a growing online database of images of ancient archaeological sites and monuments which are held in Bryn Mawr College's slide collection: these images have been digitised for ease of use and online access. This image collection has been in use since before the turn of the twentieth century, and many of the images of archaeological subjects are truly irreplaceable. Many of the medium-format glass plates (lantern slides) from late in the nineteenth or early in the twentieth century were taken of monuments that have subsequently been damaged or eroded. There are also photographs of excavations in progress and of monuments in stages of repair/restoration that provide unique information to contemporary users. The images are available here in 3 formats: small thumbnail images, medium-resolution (c. 640x480 pixels) and high-resolution (c. 1024x768 pixels). Selected images are returned in a new browser window. The collection is indexed by location and/or country, and includes some images from museum collections as well as pictures of monuments in situ. Featured locations include: Greek sites at Aegina, Argos, Athens, Bassae, Corinth, Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia; Italian locations including Capri, Herculaneum, Pompeii, Rome, Syracuse and Tivoli; monuments in Turkey located at Assos, Aspendos, Priene, Sardis and Troy; ancient sites in a wide range of other countries including Algeria, Croatia, France, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Spain, Syria and Tunisia. Each image is accompanied by catalogue details including the date when the picture was taken, although without any further information about the subject. In spite of the absence of this detail, this is a valuable teaching and research resource.
The Thais website focuses on Italian art, presenting a collection of high quality pictures of international architecture, including Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Armenian, Islamic, and European medieval architecture. Pictures of Minoan and Mycenaean buildings form part of the gallery on Greek architecture. The collections are organised by locations, periods or subjects and each picture is briefly introduced. The pictures in this particular section are mostly in black and white, though a few are in colour. All have been taken by professional photographers. The navigation is very intuitive and the pictures appear of a sufficient quality for use in PowerPoint presentations or as illustrations for student assignments.
Wellcome Images is an online collection of pictures focusing on medicine, its practice, healthcare and biosciences published by The Wellcome Trust. Many images have significant historical value and there pictures of several written documents such as fragments of Hippocratic oath; the Johnson Papyrus (herbal); Egyptian Book of the Dead; Egyptian Bryce papyrus; and many others. There are also several images of ancient artefacts such as Egyptian frescoes; a Karo-Batak inscription on bone; a Sudanese amulet; and others. Some images document also the medical practices throughout time and across the world. It is possible to access a larger version of the images by clicking on them. This is not a comprehensive collection of pictures on any specific theme, and is aimed principally to student and teachers as an aid to prepare lectures and essays. All images are beautiful and browsing them is recommended even to people not specifically interested in the history of medicine. Researchers may ask for new pictures to be taken from the Wellcome Library; everybody can order prints.