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Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Heracles [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες: Ηρακλής], Thetis Authentics Ltd., 2013
thetis.gr (accessed: October 30, 2018)
Puzzles and games
Crossover (5+;Instructions state: Keep away from children under 3-4 yrs old)
We are still trying to obtain permission for posting the original cover.
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Sonya Nevin. University of Roehampton, firstname.lastname@example.org
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Susan Deacy, University of Roehampton, email@example.com
Elżbieta Olechowska, University of Warsaw, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thetis Authentics Ltd. (Company)
Thetis Authentics was founded by Dr Eleni Aloupi-Siotis in 1999, replacing the 1994-founded Thetis Hellas archaeological consulting company based in Athens, Greece. Thetis Authentics uses non-invasive techniques to date artefacts and art, mostly for museums and private collections. The company expanded to include the creation of ceramic replicas of ancient artefacts. Dr Aloupi-Siotis holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry based on research on archaeological ceramics at the Institute of Materials Science (NCSR Demokritos, Athens/University of Ioannina). She taught Archaeometry at the University of Thessaly before going on to work as a forensic expert at the Greek Ministry of Justice’s Court of Appeals, and, then, to found Thetis Hellas.
Official website (accessed: October 30, 2018);
Eleni Aloupi's profile at independent.academia.edu (accessed: October 30, 2018).
Bio prepared by Sonya Nevin, University of Roehampton, email@example.com
For a summary introduction to the series, please see the Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Athena [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες. Αθηνά] entry in this database.
This particular pinax shows Heracles fighting the Lernaean Hydra, a scene from the Twelve Labours. There is a cardboard mount that can be used to display the pieces once the scene has been assembled.
For an analysis of the series overall, please see Pinax. Gods and Heroes. Athena [πίναξ. θεοί και Ηρωες. Αθηνά] entry in this database.
The puzzle under review features Heracles slaying the Hydra (based on a hydria now in the J. Paul Getty Museum, ref. 83.AE.346; Beazley Archive ref. 1002891). Heracles is one of the more famous classical heroes in the modern world. Young people playing with the puzzle may already know him as a character. Where this is the case, the puzzle extends young people's understanding of the hero by presenting him through an ancient representation. Only a section of the vase is reproduced, featuring Heracles tackling the Hydra, but not Iolaus helping him.
Getty Museum education page for the vase featured in this puzzle (accessed: May 30, 2019).