Featuring over 500 ancient treasures, many of which exhibited for the first time outside Greece, “The Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” show, which opened in December at the Pointe à Callière, Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, has attracted over 100,000 visitors, the Greek Culture Ministry said.
Items from 21 of the country’s museums that span 5,000 years of Greek history make up the most comprehensive exhibition to tour North America. Besides gold offerings from the royal tombs of Mycenae, sculptures of Homer, a votive relief to Asklepios, a gold wreath of Queen Meda, the mask of Agamemnon, a marble Cycladic sculpture from the island of Amorgos, a ritual vase from Minoan Crete, bronze helmets, a funerary vase from Delos, the show also includes lectures and interactive activities designed by New Media Lab of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Greek Studies at Simon Fraser University, as well as videos produced by the National Geographic Society, the Acropolis Museum, the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Canadian Museum of History.
From the Pointe à Callière on April 26, “Greeks – Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” will travel to the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Chicago’s Field Museum and the National Geographic Museum in Washington.
The exhibit is organised by the Greek culture ministry with the support of the Government of Canada.