It was just a hop, skip and a jump from Logan Airport to LaGuardia Saturday morning. And with no commitments for Fulbright Hays until dinner time, three of us early-arrivers headed over to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Which section of the museum did we visit? Ancient Greece, of course! Why visit the Greece exhibit in a New York museum, when we are going to "the real thing" in a matter of days? As one of my new traveling partners put it, "This IS the real thing! After all, if an artifact is here [meaning in the Met], then it can't possibly be there [meaning Greece]!"
OK, I just have to put my teacher hat on for a moment. Here is a shout out to my students (you are still in school!): Take a look at this statue of a wounded warrior (one of the many statues I saw in the museum) and answer the following questions:
1. Is this a Greek original or a Roman copy? And, how do you know?
2. In which period of Greek art was it made: Archaic, Classical, or Hellenistic? How do you know?
I know my students are overjoyed to know that I have been thinking of them on the first day of my adventure and have already put together this little quiz for them!
Dinner Saturday night was a taste of Turkey! Creamy hummus, doner kebab of succulent lamb, a dessert plate that included a treat reminiscent of baklava, but made with toasted shredded wheat, drenched in honey. But the entertainment was the real icing on the cake: belly dancing! Who knew that someone could balance a three foot curved sword on the top of her head while belly dancing around the room? Don't try this at home!