The Love

of Honour

This animation, developed by pupils from Kendrick School, Reading, expresses the ancient Greeks’ love of sport and glory.

The main character doesn’t take it well when his tale of sporting victories is upstaged.

Ure View

Dance Off, The Love of Honour and Plant Food were made for Ure View, an Arts Council funded 'Stories of the World’ project run at the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology in 2012.

Local teenagers worked with the project team to interpret vases in the museum and develop stories and storyboards from them.  Steve transformed the storyboards into animations.  They have since been shown at Westminster as part of an Arts in Parliament exhibition.  They’ve also been included on a digital trail at the Museum of English Rural Life and in a special exhibition in Reading Museum.

about the animation


The girls at Kendrick School focused on the central character on this vase and they were inspired in their interpretation by their recent reading of The Odyssey.


They recalled an episode in which Odysseus competes in the Phaeacian Games and tells the story of his adventures.  The central character in this piece receives a victory wreath before heading to a symposium, or drinks party.  Once there he tells the tale of his sporting victories.  He isn't happy when he realises he’s been upstaged by a juggler, and his reaction shows that his love of honour has gone too far.


Created by pupils from Kendrick School.


The music used is kindly provided by Stefan Hagel, a musician and academic at the Institute for the Study of Ancient Culture in Vienna.

vase details

Apulian (ie. made in the Apulia region of Italy).  Red figure column krater.  Late Classical, 370-350BCE, by the Snub-nosed painter.  Owned by Reading Museum, housed in the Ure Museum, (Accession Number: REDMG: 1951.148).  Reverse shows three young men talking.

© Reading Museum (REDMG 1951:148)

© Ure Museum (45.8.1)

Also featured in this animation are figures from a second vase, pictured to the left:

An Attic, red figure bell krater, featuring a symposium scene.

Late Classical 400-370BCE.

Ure Museum (Accession Number: 45.8.1).

follow-up viewing

1) Celebrations in Dance Off.

2) A drinks party:  The Symposium.

3) Off to a celebration:  The Procession.

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