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Gold trefoils forming a wreath

The Mycenaens of 1600-1100 BC seemed very fond of octopus

Imagine gold tassels on the garb of Bronze Age Mycenean warriors

Gold foil burial coverings for an infant

Gold bracelets worn by a priestess to protect her from harm late...

Golden necklaces and other jewelry

Gold hairnet with garnets 3rd c BC

A gold bracelet featuring one of my favorite animals

Mosaic-glass vessel from late 2nd c BC -early 1st c BC

Helmet 450 - 425 BC and cheekpieces from 5th - 3rd c...

Boar’s tusk helmet with cheek-guards

Bronze helmet and gold funery mask 530 x 510 BC

Bronze elements and decorations from a crhariot of the Roman Period

Wall paintings from Thera were preserved thanks to their burial under volcanic...

Painted fresco of two naked boys boxing

This colourful three-wall fresco depicting spring iin Theron was found in situ

While white marble was preferred other colours were also used as on...

A sphinx incence burner made of clay

Ceramic ritual vessel 2800 - 2300 BC

Late Bronze Age attire

Reconstruction of a loom with weights to hold the warp threads straight

How the ancient marbles would have looked like before pigments faded

Marble Sphinx about 570 BC

Colossal statue that stood as an offering to Poseidon from about 600...

Imagine the size of this statue before it was shattered

Torso of a Minotaur

A 3rd century AD statuette of Athen-a copy of a 438 BC...

Close up of the marble statuette of Athena

Athena sculpted in motion 3rd c AD

A dead or captive Amazon held by a Greek warrior

Amazon Queen Penthesilea fighting two Greek warrior

Funery statue of a dog, a faithful guardian of the tomb 375-350...

Detail of a tomb featuring a young Ethiopian groom and a horse...

Statuette of a Tritoness sea goddess from a Tritoness’ throne 1st c...

Statuette of a boy with dog known as “Little Refugee” 1st c...

Artemis as she is worshipped in Ephesos, Turkey - we saw her...

Portriat heads of kosmetes - athletic trainers - 2nd/3rd c AD

Bust of Antinoos, a favorite of Emperor Hadrian who drowned in the...

Double-sided portriat of Aristotle - Roman copy of Greek original carved 325-300...

A general or emperor in a lavish corselet 100-130 AD

Table support featuring hero Bellerophan. & Pagasus attacking the Chimera 4th c...

The goat-footed god Pan carved in 2nd c BC as a copy...

Herakles - Hercules - slaying the Lernaian Hydra from 3rd c BC

Aphrodite of the Syracuse from south Italy 2nd c BC copy of...

An odd and oddly unexplained fiqurine

Small sheep fiqurine

Mosaic of the gorgon Medusa from 2nd c AD

 

Aphrodite fends off Pan w/ her sandal as Eros comes to her...

Child’s burial in a clay pipe as used for aquaducts from 5th...


The National Archaeological Museum in Athens houses some of the most important artifacts from a variety of archaeological locations around Greece from prehistory to late antiquity. It is considered one of the greatest museums in the world and contains the richest collection of artifacts from Greek antiquity worldwide. During World War II the museum was closed and the antiquities were sealed in special protective boxes and buried, in order to avoid their destruction and looting. (Source - Wikipedia)

It was both exhilarating and exhausting working our way through the museum’s chronological displays: Neolithic, Cycladic, Mycenaean, Bronze Age, Greek, Roman, Byzantine as well as a much smaller exhibition of artifacts from Egypt.

There was so much to take in on the first floor galleries that when we realized the second floor was entirely pottery, we nearly skipped it entirely. However, we decided we’d at least try, and we managed to get through it all, albeit it without giving the exhibits the attention they deserve. There is no doubt the collection is of great value to students of ceramics and historians overall but for a casual visitor like me it was too too much to take in despite the beautiful artistry and diverse imagery depicted.

As a youngster I really enjoyed the Greek religion - we called it mythology - so seeing familiar heroic names and fantastical creatures was very entertaining.

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