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The Inspirational World of the Ancient Greeks Revealed at World Museum
Pots used by athletes to carry oil about 550 BC. Photo: © National Museums Liverpool.
LIVERPOOL.- A new display reveals the inspirational world of the ancient Greeks whose influence is still felt in the modern world.

This culture provided the foundations of Western civilisation and inspired the Renaissance while also paving the way for the Islamic Golden Age in north Africa and south west Asia.

The Roman Empire, which conquered Greece in 146 BC, was also powerfully influenced by the Greek civilisation which has dominated all aspects of cultural life from politics and philosophy and science to art for thousands of years.

"Ancient Greece" features more than 150 exhibits from the World Museum’s remarkable collections to help tell the story of a society that grew from virtually nothing to arguably the greatest civilisation on earth.

There are statues and statuettes of the Greek gods, goddesses and mythical heroes that continue to fascinate people throughout the world including goddesses Athena (warfare and wisdom), Artemis (hunting), Aphrodite (love and beauty) and Nike (victory, strength and speed).

Gods include king of the gods Zeus, Apollo (music and arts), Eros (love and passion) and Dionysos (wine and theatre). Hero Herakles is seen killing the Nemean Lion.

Pots and the pictures on them tell how the Greeks lived. Tiny ornaments and jewellery also demonstrate their artistic and creative skills. A box lid decorated with horses, probably from a woman’s grave, indicates her family was important.

Georgina Muskett, the museum’s curator of classical antiquities, says: “These objects, along with their writings, speak to us over the centuries about the wonders of ancient Greece.”



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