A new exhibition in Athens will explore the importance of horses during the city’s ancient era while educating visitors about the roles horses played in the lives of Athenians.
The American School of Classical Studies in Athens will host its new art and science exhibition in the school’s Makriyannis Wing from January 20 to the end of April.
Entitled “Hippos: The Horse in Ancient Athens,” the exhibition is curated by American School Director Dr. Jenifer Neils and foregrounds the vital role of science in our understanding of the past.
Scientific analysis of a well-preserved ancient horse skeleton from the Phaleron cemetery (on public display for the first time) will be presented and contextualized by exploring portrayals of horses across ancient Greek works of art.
One of the highlights of the exhibit, displayed for the first time in Greece, is the loan from the Florence Archaeological Museum of the life-size Hellenistic bronze horse head which once belonged to Lorenzo the Magnificent.
The exhibition is tailored not only to the art-loving public but also to families and school groups alike. Through this exhibition, the American School aims to fulfill one of its most important missions — to share the fruits of its archaeological and scientific research.
For more information about the exhibition, visit the American School’s website.
Featured image credits
On the left: Medici Riccardi life-size bronze horse head. Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Firenze (Direzione Regionale Musei della Toscana)
On the right: Attic black-figure amphora with warrior mounting horse. Photographer: S. Mavromatis. Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens – Kerameikos Museum. © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Hellenic Organization of Cultural Resources Development (H.O.C.RE.D.)
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