Which ancient Greeks tattoos were more ancient than those of the ancient Egyptians?
The oldest known tattoo on an ancient Egyptian mummy is believed to be a picture of a lion and the word “bethlehem” on its neck, but archaeologists have long argued over the origins of the word.
The most famous tattoo on the ancient Greek statue is the Greek god Zeus’ lion head.
However, experts are now arguing that the image of Zeus on the mummy is a reference to a different ancient Greek goddess called Athena.
The new research is published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
The findings suggest that the ancient Greeks were more concerned with the appearance of the animal they worshiped, rather than its godhood.
The Greek goddess Athena is said to have been the patroness of tattoo artists.
She was also a lover of Greek art and architecture and she was worshipped in many Greek cities.
Ancient Egyptians tattooed animals in various forms and there are many ancient Egyptian depictions of tattooing animals, said lead researcher, Dr Chris Woodman, a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of New South Wales.
“In ancient Egypt, tattoos were very much an important part of everyday life and in fact the very first tattoo was an image of a man,” Dr Woodman said.
“This is a very early form of tattoo but it is not uncommon for people to have a tattoo, especially on the back, but there is no evidence that they used it as a permanent tattoo.”‘
Pillar of the Sun’A tattoo on a statue of Zeus in the Neolithic period of Egypt is believed by experts to be the earliest known tattoo, but scientists say the image is a direct reference to another goddess called Asclepius.
“It’s a very ancient and significant image.
It’s an image that is very powerful,” Dr Chris Woods said.
In a study published in May in the British Journal of Anthropology, Dr Woods and his colleagues said they believed the tattoo was a direct translation of the goddess Athena from Greek to the language of the Ancient Egyptians.
“I’m looking for a bridge between the Greek goddess Asclepiades and the Greek concept of the Pillar of the Sky,” Dr Woods said, referring to the constellation of the constellation Pegasus, which was in the constellation Hercules’ sky.
“Athena is an ancient Greek deity who was worshiped by many ancient Egyptians and that was why this statue is so important to me.”
The team from New South Welsh University studied an ancient mummy of a woman believed to have lived between 6,000 BC and 3,000 AD.
Dr Woodman is a specialist in ancient Egyptian culture and is based at the Museum of Ancient Egypt in Egypt.
“The first thing that we noticed when we opened the mummy was the presence of a very large tattoo on her back,” he said.
The tattoo was so large that it looked like the word ‘Pillars of the Skies’ had been written on it, Dr Woodmon said.
This was very unusual for a mummy to have such a large tattoo, he said, and Dr Woodmoths research indicates that the tattoo may have been used as a religious symbol.
“We’re trying to understand why they were doing this and what their motivations were,” he explained.
“They were certainly using the word as a reference for something that they were worshipping.”
Ancient Egyptians were known to have tattoos on their bodies and this may have influenced the way they tattooed.
“Some of them had more extensive tattoos on the body and some of them were not,” Dr Jones said.
Dr Jones said that while ancient Egyptians probably worshipped a number of gods and goddesses, they were also highly conscious of their appearance.
“Most of the people in ancient Egypt were not very well-off and they wanted to make sure that their body was pleasing,” he added.
“There was a great deal of emphasis on appearance, but they also cared about the quality of the tattoo, and the tattoo would reflect the quality.”