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Saturday, January 15, 2011

"Scenes from daily life in antiquity"Presentation of the permanent exhibition of the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens International Airport (1/17/2011 to 4/30/2011)

"Scenes from daily life in antiquity"
in Athens International Airport
1/17/2011 to 4/30/2011
The exhibition tries to transform our knowledge about daily life in antiquity (as provided by ancient texts and archaeological objects) into vivid images.

Visitors are invited into a virtual tour in time and space: the tours starts from the world of the supernatual (gods) and the myth (heroes), goes through the realm of Eros, follows the activities of everyday women and men in their private and public life, explores their religious behaviour, and concludes with their attitudes against death and their beliefs about afterlife and the Underworld.

One hundred forty two objects - mostly dating to the Classical and Hellenistic periods (5th-1st c. BC) - are grouped in nine separate units treating the following thematic areas:

- Gods and Heroes
- On the wings of Eros
- Toiletry and wedding
- Female activities
- Athletics
- The Symposium
- In the Athenian Agora
- Warfare
- Taking care of the deceased

The exhinition is supported by ample graphics, which are meant both to increase the overall aesthetic effect and to enhance public understanding of the various artifacts and their function.

Each showcase has a frieze of drawings accompanied by explanatory texts which provide as much information as possible about the particular subject .

In order to increase the educational character of the exhibition, two short movies have been made, using advance shooting and sound-recording techniques.     
In the first movie, we see scenes from the life of a man, named Leon: his birth and childhood, his involvement in sporting activities, his military training, his participation in public affairs, the preparations for his marriage to Melite, and, finally, his departure for war.

The second movie focuses on the death of the protagonist, as his relatives pay him the customary honours at his funeral. 
The tour concludes with a hypothetical painted reconstruction of an ancient 5th c. BC town (demos) on the coast of Attica, where the hero was born, lived and died, according to the scenario of the films.

more at http://www.cycladic.gr/

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