Teaching Ideas

Encouraging Dialogue

For Students K-12

  • What is this object made of?
  • Greek jewelry makers would start with a piece of gold and use a hammer to flatten it out until it was as thin as a piece of paper. From there, they would use different tools to make chains, raised images (repoussé), engravings, and more – all out of a very thin sheet of gold! Do you have any jewelry that is special to you?
  • This is a pendant. How do you think you would you wear it?
  • Do you think this piece was worn every day or on special occasions?
  • How many horses is this charioteer racing? (five)
  • In the ancient Olympics, there were four-horse and two-horse chariot races. The race was held in the hippodrome around a racecourse. Chariots were basically a wooden cart with two wheels and an open back. Chariot racing was very dangerous, especially at the turns where a chariot could overturn or be crushed. What sports do we have today where people race in vehicles?
  • What do you notice about how the artist chose to depict the charioteer?