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Ancient Greeks

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes

This captivating exhibition from the British Museum explores the triumphs, conquests and epic tales found throughout Ancient Greek history.

The Ancient Greeks were renowned for their competitive spirit. It famously flourished in sporting and battle arenas but also in the performing arts, with contests in music, drama, sculpture and painting.

Underpinning the quest for glory and honour was an emphasis on excellence. Physical training sculpted the body that would achieve sporting or military victory. Education, philosophy, science and the visual arts were equally important, shaping and sharpening the mind.

Although competition could be a destructive force, it was also positive and unifying. It was a thread that ran through daily life, generating a rich and innovative society that endures in the artefacts and stories that survive today.

Opening on Sunday 20 June, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is WA Museum Boola Bardip’s first major international exhibition.

This exhibition displays one of the largest selections of Greek artefacts loaned by the British Museum with materials ranging in age from the sixth to first centuries BCE.

For many of the 178 artefacts drawn from present-day Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Egypt and Libya, it will be the first time they are toured to the Southern Hemisphere.

This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brings to life the Ancient Greek world and vibrantly showcases the important role competition played within it.

Image: Medallion with Aphrodite and Eros. Gold. Made in Egypt about 200 – 100 BC. Found in Egypt. 1884,0614.12 © The Trustees of the British Museum

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    Event Showings

    20 Jun - 7 Nov | Daily

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    Various prices

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    Perth Cultural Centre, James Street

    Northbridge WA 6003

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