The Panoply Vase Animation Project (2013-present)

Freelance animator Steve K. Simons and Greek historian Sonya Nevins work together to create animated reproductions of imagery from real Greek vases. Topics they have covered include athletics, warfare and the symposium. Each of their videos is supplemented with online teaching materials and several have been used in museum and outreach contexts. This 2016 showreel provides a brief introduction to their work and it is followed by a clip of their 2014 project “Hoplites! The Greeks at War” for an exhibit at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology at the University of Reading.


“Prologue” (2015)

This six-minute film from 2015 was directed by Richard Williams, best known for his animation work on “Who Killed Roger Rabbit?” It is intended to be the opening scene of a feature-length film based on Aristophanes’ play “Lysistrata.” “Prologue” took twelve years to make, as Williams hand drew each frame (over 6000 in total) on a single sheet of paper. It was nominated for an Oscar award for Best Animated Short Film in 2016.

Notably, this was not Williams’ first engagement with material from the ancient world — he also created the animated credits for the 1966 film, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum.”


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