Thursday, 25 February 2016

The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great

Field Museum’s current exhibition is housed in a monumental, landmark building that resembles a temple from ancient Greece.

The venerable Chicago treasure house showcases rare artifacts culled from 21 Greek museums in The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, an exhibition running through April 10, 2016.
"Take an extraordinary journey through more than 5,000 years of Greek culture, from the Neolithic era to the age of Alexander the Great. Featuring over 500 exquisite artifacts — many that have never been exhibited outside Greece — from 21 Greek museums, this is the most comprehensive exhibition on Ancient Greece to tour North America in a generation."

Many of the 500-plus priceless objects have never been displayed outside of Greece.

Alexander, at left, charges Darius III, Shahanshah (“King of Kings”) of Persia at right, who is fleeing.
The Mask of Agamemnon was discovered at Mycenae in 1876 by Heinrich Schliemann. The funeral mask, crafted in gold, and was found over the face of a body located in a burial shaft. Schliemann believed that he had discovered the body of Agamemnon, but the mask is from 1550–1500 BC, earlier than the life of Agamemnon.