Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Ashmolean Museum of Oxford Exhibits Macedonian Artifacts

A major exhibition titled Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from Royal Capital of Macedon, A Hellenic Kingdom in the age of Democracy, was inaugurated at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, on April 6.

More than 500 extraordinary objects - most of which go on display for the first time outside Greece – are showcased.

These recent finds were discovered in the royal burial tombs and the palace at Aegae, the ancient capital of Macedon. In his speech at the inauguration, Greece’s ambassador to the UK, Aristidis Sandis, referred to the importance of the exhibition, which, as he said, proves the Greek character of Macedonia adding that Greece is always happy to show to the international community its rich cultural heritage through such important events.

Historian and Oxford academic, Robin Lane Fox, described the exhibition as "the greatest day of classical exhibitions in my lifetime." The exhibition will run through August 29.

[Photo at right: The Macedon queen's diadem, which Robin Lane Fox called the "single most beautiful object in gold on the planet."]

Source: Greek News Agenda

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