This is a quote from Apuleius (c. 124-170 A.D.), who describes Apollo thus. Apuleius was a Roman writer from North Africa. His most famous work is the satirical novel The Golden Ass, or Metamorphosis, though he was also a Platonic philosopher, fluent in Greek as well as Latin.
Ancient Greek (or Attic) vases form a large part of modern understanding of Greek culture, as more pottery has survived from the ancient world than painting or writing. Attic pottery went through several different styles, including black-figure, red-figure and white-ground technique, each associated with a different period in Greek history.
Meissen porcelain was first developed in the eighteenth century in Meissen, Germany, by Ehrenfried Walther von Tschirnhaus and developed by Johann Friedrich Böttger. It was the first type of porcelain to be manufactured in Europe; before that, porcelain had been sourced from China, and was therefore rare. The Meissen style of porcelain dominated for the whole of the eighteenth century.
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912) was a Dutch-born British artist famous for his paintings of scenes from Greek and Roman history. He would research his subjects in enormous archaeological detail to provide accurate portrayals of Classical life. His reputation is currently undergoing a revival.
William Powell Frith (1819-1909) was another British artist, a contemporary of Alma-Tadema's. He specialised in portraits and 'social scenes' including large panoramas. His subjects included Oscar Wilde (behind the green-coated boy in this painting) and Anthony Trollope.
Petticoat Junction is an American sitcom that originally aired in the 1960s. It is set in the Shady Rest Hotel outside the fictional farming town of Hooterville, which was later also featured in Green Acres. The show starred Bea Benaderet and Edgar Buchanan.