Australians will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in all things Ancient Greek in a fascinating new exhibit titled: Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, to be held at the National Museum of Australia (NMA), Canberra from December 17, 2021 as of May 1, 2022..
The exposure will present 180 objects that explore the theme of competition through sport, politics, theater, music and war.
It will include black and red figure ceramics depicting finely drawn representations of athletes, gods and citizens; superb statues and reliefs in marble; bronze figurines; weapons and armor; toys and games; fine gold jewelry; and coins.
These objects have never been seen in the southern hemisphere before and will be on display at the NMA for more than four months.
The NMA claims that artistic, physical and intellectual competition permeated ancient Greek society, which in turn influenced language, politics, education systems, philosophy, science and the arts around the world.
NMA Director Dr Mathew Trinca said he was delighted that the show, which celebrates sporting prowess at the ancient Olympics, now takes into account the rescheduled 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, after a 12-month delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We are delighted that we can finally bring the ancient Greeks to the public on the east coast after a 12 month delay,” he said. âWith COVID-19 still among us and Australians looking for exciting experiences at home, this show really fits the bill.
“I know the audience will be mesmerized by the stories of competition in the ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, ceramics, sculptures, armor and jewelry featured in the show.”
The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum, the Western Australian Museum, the National Museum of Australia and the Tamaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.