A detail from an apulian oinochoe

Object stories

An intertextual object study for secondary students
Interdisciplinary intertextual analysis of objects and sources provides us with new ways of understanding human behaviour, our past and the world around us. Examining objects and texts though multiple lenses is vital to the development of critical analysis.

Throughout history, humans have been storytellers. From oral recitations and theatrical performances, to pictographic and written text, one thing which is common to all human cultures is storytelling; the social and cultural activity of sharing narratives.

On this page we examine objects from the museum's collection which are associated with legends, myths, cultural memories, theatrical performances and other methods of telling stories and present the object along with a section of the narrative.

Object Stories: Greece

The Bacchae on an Apulian Oinochoe

Text: Euripides, Bacchae. Edited and translated by David Kovacs. Loeb Classical Library 495. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003.

Object: Oinochoe, 375 - 350 BC, Apulia, Italy.

Spoken by Rhiannon Bateman.

Feature Image (top of page):  Oinochoe, 375BC-350 BC, Apulia, Italy