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Ancient Greece Odyssey: Museums of Athens

Updated on January 15, 2015
The Diadoumenos. (All photos on this page are my own.)
The Diadoumenos. (All photos on this page are my own.)

Part Two and of Ancient Greece Odyssey

Welcome back! In this installment of my odyssey through Greece, I'll share my photos and information about Greek art in the Acropolis Museum and Athens National Museum. Don't worry if you know absolutely nothing about classical art; that's what I'm here for, to tell you why I love it! For students, I'll include extra details they may want to know.

If you've just surfed in, you may wish to start at the beginning: Ancient Greece Odyssey: A Traveler's Journal, a travel blog by a student of classics and comparative mythology. Or read on to take a photo tour of ancient Greek art.

Archaic Athena, Acropolis Museum
Archaic Athena, Acropolis Museum

Introduction to the Acropolis Museum

Travel Diary, 2nd May, Athens

The small Acropolis Museum I visited was half-buried in the hill right next to the Parthenon (It was replaced by a new Acropolis Museum in June '09).

Brace yourself, because I'm going to sneak in a little Art History 101! It will help you get more out of my photographs.

Many of these pictures show Archaic Greek sculpture from the 7th and 6th centuries BCE, a few hundred years older than the classical art that most people associate with ancient Greece. Archaic statues are stiff yet regal figures with enigmatic smiles, almond-shaped eyes and hair like Egyptian wigs. The kouroi, youths with arms at their sides and one foot forward, may have been inspired by Egyptian art -- the ancient world had its tourists, too! In the fifth century BCE, Classical Greek sculpture evolved its own blend of realistic anatomy, idealized beauty and attention to the swing and rhythm of limbs.

The Acropolis Museum's rare stash of Archaic art is the remains of temples razed by the Persians in 480 BC, Athens' version of Pearl Harbor. These relics were too sacred to throw away, too damaged to keep on display. So they were buried on the Acropolis during the same rebuilding program that created the Parthenon.

Flash photography is forbidden in Greek museums, so I had to rely on none-too-steady hands.

My Photo Gallery: The Acropolis Museum - Travel Diary, 2nd May, Athens

Top: Fragments of an Archaic winged Gorgon (Medusa), probably perched atop the pediment -- the gabled end -- of the old Athena temple destroyed by the Persians. Acropolis Mus. 701, c. 575-550 BCE.

Bottom: High Archaic sphinx, c. 560-550 BCE. Acropolis 630.


(Note: These photos are from 2005. Computer screens and digital cameras have improved since then. I need to go find my originals and see if I can eke any more detail out of them.)

Moschophoros, the Calf-bearer. The ancient Greeks set up portraits of themselves near temples as pious offerings and, of course, as a form of self-promotion in a public place. Here a nobleman, Rhonbos, brings a calf as a sacrificial offering. Acropolis 624, c. 560 BCE.

Right: Acropolis 670, c. 520-500 BCE. A beautiful kore -- "maiden" -- holding out an offering. In the Archaic period, girls who died young are often represented as the maiden goddess Persephone, who in Greek mythology was abducted by Hades the god of the underworld. These statues are both an offering to the goddess and a public memorial. According to the Perseus website, this kore may have been made by the sculptor of the Archaic Athena above.

Left: the "Peplos Kore", named for the kind of gown she wears. According to the Perseus digital library, her sheath-like peplos resembles that worn by Archaic statues of Artemis. She originally held out an offering such as a fruit or flower, but the attached forearm is lost. High Archaic, c. 530 BCE, Acropolis 679.

Right: Kritios Boy, named after the sculptor who signed his name on the statue. It's a famous and surprisingly small statue of a kouros (youth) that demonstrates the transition in art styles from Late Archaic (stiff, stylized) to Early Classical (realistic, although idealized). 480 BCE, Acropolis 698.

Now it's time for the famous Parthenon Frieze--or at least, the few pieces of it still left in Greece! Most of the blocks are in the British Museum, the Elgin Marbles,and debate is still raging about when or if the British should return them (they were purchased from the Greek government, but at the time Greece was ruled by the Turks).

The Parthenon Frieze originally circled the top of the Parthenon temple's outer wall behind the columns. The frieze is carved in shallow relief with bronze added for details (melted down long ago). It shows a city festival in Athena's honor: people bringing offerings, warriors engaging in chariot and horse races to simulate battle maneuvers. The man with the shield is hopping into a chariot.

Next is a small early classical Athena -- I wish she hadn't lost her head! Holes were for bronze (or gold?) snakes, and she probably held a spear. A stylized head of Medusa adorns her breastplate. This symbol, called a "Gorgonian", is supposed to scare off enemies just as a jack-o-lantern scares off evil spirits. Made by the sculpture Euenor, c. 480 BCE, Acropolis 140.

 

At right, one of the Erechtheion's karyatids. My diary says, "massive and enigmatic, they seem to have a share of Athena's power." The light at the top of her column is a reflection.

On my second quick pass through the museum, I stumbled across a surprisingly small treasure the guide had skipped. Traffic flow through the museum meant that unless one turned around after passing through a doorway, one would never glimpse the famous Mourning Athena relief set into the wall beside the door-frame. It glowed a soft gold in the shadows and was smaller than I had expected: only a foot wide. She gazes sadly at a stele, a grave marker, which probably represents the Greek dead from the Persian Wars.

Closeups of "The Mourning Athena" - and the Archaic Athena from the Old Temple

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The National Archaeological Museum, Athens - 2nd May 2005

The National Archaeological Museum is Athens' largest collection of ancient art. The rooms are arranged in chronological order, and contain a hit parade of "must know" artifacts for students of ancient Greece. I kept having (pleasant) flashbacks to archy 101 and the art history class for which I was a TA.

The first room covers the Mycenaean period, remembered centuries later in myths, cults, and Homer's famous epics about the Trojan War. The Mycenaean period for classical Greeks was like the age of King Arthur for us, a time of great kings and legendary warriors.

Many of the objects in this room were discovered by the famous early archaeologist, Heinrich Schliemann (1822-1890), whose exuberant earth-moving habits were more of a treasure hunt than proper excavation. Convinced Homer's Troy was more than just a myth, he was catapulted to fame by his discovery of the legendary city. He went on to locate several other sites mentioned in the Iliad and Odyssey, including Mycenae and Pylos.

From shaft graves in Mycenae, Schliemann dug up fine metalwork including gold and silver chased daggers, beautiful cups, and golden death masks including one he romantically named the "Mask of Agammemnon" (right, Athens National Museum 624). Wishful thinking on Schliemann's part, since the shaft graves date back to the 16th century BCE, about three centuries before the Trojan War.

Nevertheless, these artifacts give us a better idea what those remote times were like. They remind us that later portraits of Achilles and Odysseus wearing classical Greek armor are anachronisms just like medieval portraits of Julius Caesar wearing a doublet and hose.

Here are a small ivory portrait of a warrior (Athens NM 2468), an ivory boar's tusk helmet (left, Athens NM 6568), and a charming vase showing warriors trooping off to battle with a wife waving farewell (Athens NM 1426). Art like this helps us see how the ancient Greeks saw their own world.

We're so used to the ancient world depicted by Hollywood (or Xena's Kiwiwood), on the one hand, and classical art, on the other, that Mycenaean and archaic Greek art sometimes looks very strange to us. This isn't what most of us think of when we read about the heroes and warriors in the Iliad and Odyssey, is it? Is it just me, or do the soldiers look like Olive Oyl clones?

More Treasures from Mycenae

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One of several gold-inlaid daggers in the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, where the so-called Mask of Agamemnon was found.Small fired clay votives -- art offered by devotees  -- found near shaft graves at Mycenae.This painted fresco -- wall painting -- was recovered from the palace at Mycenae.Fine gold jewelry, including butterflies and stylized buildings, from Mycenae.Gold ornaments from the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, which must have covered toddlers, probably children of the king.
One of several gold-inlaid daggers in the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, where the so-called Mask of Agamemnon was found.
One of several gold-inlaid daggers in the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, where the so-called Mask of Agamemnon was found.
Small fired clay votives -- art offered by devotees  -- found near shaft graves at Mycenae.
Small fired clay votives -- art offered by devotees -- found near shaft graves at Mycenae.
This painted fresco -- wall painting -- was recovered from the palace at Mycenae.
This painted fresco -- wall painting -- was recovered from the palace at Mycenae.
Fine gold jewelry, including butterflies and stylized buildings, from Mycenae.
Fine gold jewelry, including butterflies and stylized buildings, from Mycenae.
Gold ornaments from the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, which must have covered toddlers, probably children of the king.
Gold ornaments from the shaft graves at Mycenae, Greece, which must have covered toddlers, probably children of the king.

Help! A Quick Guide to the Phases of Early Greek Art


Here's a quick summary of three phases of "Bronze Age" art that came several centuries before archaic and classical Greece. Click links for photos illustrating each phase, hosted by the Tigertail Virtual Museum.

National Archaeological Museum, Mycenaean and Cycladic Art - Travel Diary, 2nd May 2005, Athens

The distinction between scholar and treasure hunter was blurry in Schliemann's day. He and his crews hacked through walls and tombs looking for gold and spectacular finds. Goblets fit for a king's table (above) emerged from one of Mycenae's shaft graves inside the walls of the citadel.

The twin golden Vapheio cups, found in a royal tomb in a neighboring kingdom of the same period, are especially important, because they show how the art of an older civilization, the Minoans, was adopted by the Mycenaeans who conquered them. Dated to the 16th century BCE, they depict men roping bulls, perhaps for sport. The one on the taller pedestal is Minoan, the other Mycenaean, and you can see here how Mycenaean artists imitated the earlier civilization's art. There are a few differences: slightly cruder work, greater emphasis on the bull's struggles (people make much of warlike Mycenaeans contrasted with international trade-minded Minoans, although that's a gross oversimplification), and less emphasis on wild nature.

So-called "Cycladic art" is another famous style of art from the earliest days of the Mediterranean, predating even the Minoans. The style is named after the Cyclades Islands where many such figures were found.

The discovery of these gracefully simple figures with their smooth and geometric forms inspired artists like Picasso, who marvelled at how different it was from later, classical Greek art.

Cycladic sculptures tend to look small in photos because their stubby shapes resemble clay figures despite being carved of marble. In fact, some sare several feet tall. Replicas stand starkly in the shop windows of Athens and many other cities. It seems that they have become fashionable again about 4000 years after they were last in vogue.

These charming fellows are easy to miss, since the Cycladic art is tucked away in a smaller, darker room off to the right of the large Mycenaean gallery.

Below is one last Mycenaean piece, then several examples of Greek Archaic sculpture from a period about 500 years later.

Photo Gallery: Miscellaneous Early Greek Art - More Photos from the Athens National Museum

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Minoan "Palace style," 15th century BCE. By then the Mycenaeans had conquered the Minoan civilization on Crete, but marine and floral themes from older Minoan art continued.Stelae (grave markers) from the top of the shaft graves of Mycenae. These were above Agammemnon's mask and other treasures found by Schliemann.After the Mycenaean collapse around 1000 BCE, there's a long dark age with little surviving art. Then comes this statue, Lady Nikandre, around 560 BCE. She's the first full-sized (or larger) human figure in Greece, the beginning of Archaic style sculArchaic period Kouroi, "youths," show how Greek sculptors borrowed from Egypt and slowly developed a new Greek style. Here are: Sounian Kouros, c. 600 BCE, Kouros from Melos, c. 550 BCE, "Aristodikos", c 520-480 BCE. They're large, 8-10 feet tall.Moving into the classical period, early 5th century BCE. Perfumes were sold in mini vases like this; I wonder if the exotic facial types are meant to suggest where they come from.  (For students, this is Athens NM 2058 and NM 2077)
Minoan "Palace style," 15th century BCE. By then the Mycenaeans had conquered the Minoan civilization on Crete, but marine and floral themes from older Minoan art continued.
Minoan "Palace style," 15th century BCE. By then the Mycenaeans had conquered the Minoan civilization on Crete, but marine and floral themes from older Minoan art continued.
Stelae (grave markers) from the top of the shaft graves of Mycenae. These were above Agammemnon's mask and other treasures found by Schliemann.
Stelae (grave markers) from the top of the shaft graves of Mycenae. These were above Agammemnon's mask and other treasures found by Schliemann.
After the Mycenaean collapse around 1000 BCE, there's a long dark age with little surviving art. Then comes this statue, Lady Nikandre, around 560 BCE. She's the first full-sized (or larger) human figure in Greece, the beginning of Archaic style scul
After the Mycenaean collapse around 1000 BCE, there's a long dark age with little surviving art. Then comes this statue, Lady Nikandre, around 560 BCE. She's the first full-sized (or larger) human figure in Greece, the beginning of Archaic style scul
Archaic period Kouroi, "youths," show how Greek sculptors borrowed from Egypt and slowly developed a new Greek style. Here are: Sounian Kouros, c. 600 BCE, Kouros from Melos, c. 550 BCE, "Aristodikos", c 520-480 BCE. They're large, 8-10 feet tall.
Archaic period Kouroi, "youths," show how Greek sculptors borrowed from Egypt and slowly developed a new Greek style. Here are: Sounian Kouros, c. 600 BCE, Kouros from Melos, c. 550 BCE, "Aristodikos", c 520-480 BCE. They're large, 8-10 feet tall.
Moving into the classical period, early 5th century BCE. Perfumes were sold in mini vases like this; I wonder if the exotic facial types are meant to suggest where they come from.  (For students, this is Athens NM 2058 and NM 2077)
Moving into the classical period, early 5th century BCE. Perfumes were sold in mini vases like this; I wonder if the exotic facial types are meant to suggest where they come from. (For students, this is Athens NM 2058 and NM 2077)

Guide to Phases of Greek Art, Cont'd


Here's the second half of my crash course on the history of ancient Greece and phases of Greek art. Again, links point to the excellent photo galleries of the Tigertail Virtual Museum.

National Archaeological Museum, Classical and Hellenistic Art

Travel Diary, 2nd May 2005, Athens

Next were the classical and Hellenistic art galleries. I could have spent days here. A few examples (with amusing comparisons between idealized Greek statues and real-world people):

Bronze Zeus of Artemesion

(Taking aim with a thunderbolt)

Classical Period, c. 460 BCE

This imposing statue, like most bronze sculptures, was recovered from a shipwreck in the Mediterranean. Bronzes are very rare, since metal is usually melted down and recycled.

Many sculptures are actually later copies, often by Roman artists. Added treestumps and supports are a clue that a sculpture is probably a marble copy of an earlier metal statue.

At right is another famous bronze, the Marathon Boy c. 340 BCE, fished out of the Bay of Marathon. It bridges the Late Classical and Hellenistic periods when idealized, well-proportioned beauty and more formal poses gave way to sinuous S-curves and full use of three-dimensional space. (Unfortunately my full-figure photo of him was blurred; that "no flash photography" rule was tough on my archaic digital camera!)

At left is a typical Athenian grave stele (gravestone), common marble monuments from the late 5th century BCE. They portray the dead person saying goodbye to the family (sometimes including household slaves). These are touching snapshots of ordinary people, in contrast to imposing statues of gods and goddesses. There's no realistic wrinkles or flab in classical sculpture, however: figures are beautiful and ideally proportioned, as opposed to the greater variety of the Hellenistic Age.

To the right, an exquisite marble monumental head of the goddess Athena. It's definitely classical, but I haven't yet found any information on it. She would have worn a helmet. Perhaps a copy of the massive cult statue of the Parthenon?

Below, the head and shoulders of a marble Roman copy of the Diadoumenos, or "ribbon-binder", an athlete crowning himself after a victory. The original bronze (c. 420 BCE) was by Polykleitos, the classical Greek sculpture who invented the chiasmic pose with weight shifted onto one leg, the other bent and relaxed. Sculptors have been copying that pose ever since, the visual equivalent of a cliché. You've probably seen statues on the front of banks, art museums, or military monuments doing the Polykleitos dance! (For more info on this famous sculpture, see my page on Polykleitos' Diadoumenos).

Photo Gallery: Classical and Hellenistic Art - Greek Sculpture From the Athens National Museum

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Massive head of Athena, perhaps originally part of a cult statue. (Classical statue by Eubulides, late 5th c?)Full-length photo of the Diadoumenos, Polykleitos' well-known statue of an athlete crowning himself. The weight shift onto one hip that Polykleitos first captured became a staple of Greek art. c. 420 BCE.Late Classical, c. 380-360BCE, when the artists started having fun with drapery. Probably depicts a goddess of the winds. (Athens NM 157)Antikythera Youth, c. 340 BCE. Hellenistic art tends to experiment with breaking away from the body and moving around, but the small head and chunky proportions are leaving some of the beauty of classical art behind.Marathon Boy, perhaps by the famous sculpture Praxiteles, shows the grace and movement of the best of Hellenistic art. c. 325-300 BCE.Hellenistic funerary sculpture of a Siren, 4th century BCE. I love her face.Roman marble copy, slightly over life-sized, 2nd century BCE. Possibly a loose imitation of Praxiteles' Aphrodite of Cnidos, which also inspired the Venus di Milo.Late Hellenistic bronze statue, c. 140 BCE. The dynamic pose and the strain depicted in both figures is typical of Hellenistic art, which shifted from ideal and austere to gritty realism and the (melo)dramatic.Monumental temple statue of Poseidon (note dolphin), which would originally have held a bronze or gold trident. c 130 BCE."The Slipper Slapper" -- Aphrodite, Eros, and Pan. Famous 100BCE statue from the house of a wealthy merchant on Delos (I visit this town later.) Hellenistic can be campy.
Massive head of Athena, perhaps originally part of a cult statue. (Classical statue by Eubulides, late 5th c?)
Massive head of Athena, perhaps originally part of a cult statue. (Classical statue by Eubulides, late 5th c?)
Full-length photo of the Diadoumenos, Polykleitos' well-known statue of an athlete crowning himself. The weight shift onto one hip that Polykleitos first captured became a staple of Greek art. c. 420 BCE.
Full-length photo of the Diadoumenos, Polykleitos' well-known statue of an athlete crowning himself. The weight shift onto one hip that Polykleitos first captured became a staple of Greek art. c. 420 BCE.
Late Classical, c. 380-360BCE, when the artists started having fun with drapery. Probably depicts a goddess of the winds. (Athens NM 157)
Late Classical, c. 380-360BCE, when the artists started having fun with drapery. Probably depicts a goddess of the winds. (Athens NM 157)
Antikythera Youth, c. 340 BCE. Hellenistic art tends to experiment with breaking away from the body and moving around, but the small head and chunky proportions are leaving some of the beauty of classical art behind.
Antikythera Youth, c. 340 BCE. Hellenistic art tends to experiment with breaking away from the body and moving around, but the small head and chunky proportions are leaving some of the beauty of classical art behind.
Marathon Boy, perhaps by the famous sculpture Praxiteles, shows the grace and movement of the best of Hellenistic art. c. 325-300 BCE.
Marathon Boy, perhaps by the famous sculpture Praxiteles, shows the grace and movement of the best of Hellenistic art. c. 325-300 BCE.
Hellenistic funerary sculpture of a Siren, 4th century BCE. I love her face.
Hellenistic funerary sculpture of a Siren, 4th century BCE. I love her face.
Roman marble copy, slightly over life-sized, 2nd century BCE. Possibly a loose imitation of Praxiteles' Aphrodite of Cnidos, which also inspired the Venus di Milo.
Roman marble copy, slightly over life-sized, 2nd century BCE. Possibly a loose imitation of Praxiteles' Aphrodite of Cnidos, which also inspired the Venus di Milo.
Late Hellenistic bronze statue, c. 140 BCE. The dynamic pose and the strain depicted in both figures is typical of Hellenistic art, which shifted from ideal and austere to gritty realism and the (melo)dramatic.
Late Hellenistic bronze statue, c. 140 BCE. The dynamic pose and the strain depicted in both figures is typical of Hellenistic art, which shifted from ideal and austere to gritty realism and the (melo)dramatic.
Monumental temple statue of Poseidon (note dolphin), which would originally have held a bronze or gold trident. c 130 BCE.
Monumental temple statue of Poseidon (note dolphin), which would originally have held a bronze or gold trident. c 130 BCE.
"The Slipper Slapper" -- Aphrodite, Eros, and Pan. Famous 100BCE statue from the house of a wealthy merchant on Delos (I visit this town later.) Hellenistic can be campy.
"The Slipper Slapper" -- Aphrodite, Eros, and Pan. Famous 100BCE statue from the house of a wealthy merchant on Delos (I visit this town later.) Hellenistic can be campy.

More Classical Greek Sculpture - Funerary Relief: Poignant Portraits

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Late Classical Greek Sculpture: Gravestone of Lady Hegeso inspecting her jewelry. c. 400BCE.Young girl gives up her doll to Artemis, a ritual that traditionally occurred just before marriage. The gravestone suggests she died at puberty.Late 5th century BCE gravestone of a mother saying goodbye to her child. It may suggest she died in childbirth.Grave stele, apparently for both mother and child. The woman Mnesagora hold out a dove-- both pet and funerary symbol-- to her infant son. Late 5th c.NOT a funerary relief. This huge stone was flipped upside down on the threshold of a church in Eleusis, which we'll visit next. It depicts the mother goddess Demeter and her daughter Kore giving the secret of grain (and farming) to the legendary hero
Late Classical Greek Sculpture: Gravestone of Lady Hegeso inspecting her jewelry. c. 400BCE.
Late Classical Greek Sculpture: Gravestone of Lady Hegeso inspecting her jewelry. c. 400BCE.
Young girl gives up her doll to Artemis, a ritual that traditionally occurred just before marriage. The gravestone suggests she died at puberty.
Young girl gives up her doll to Artemis, a ritual that traditionally occurred just before marriage. The gravestone suggests she died at puberty.
Late 5th century BCE gravestone of a mother saying goodbye to her child. It may suggest she died in childbirth.
Late 5th century BCE gravestone of a mother saying goodbye to her child. It may suggest she died in childbirth.
Grave stele, apparently for both mother and child. The woman Mnesagora hold out a dove-- both pet and funerary symbol-- to her infant son. Late 5th c.
Grave stele, apparently for both mother and child. The woman Mnesagora hold out a dove-- both pet and funerary symbol-- to her infant son. Late 5th c.
NOT a funerary relief. This huge stone was flipped upside down on the threshold of a church in Eleusis, which we'll visit next. It depicts the mother goddess Demeter and her daughter Kore giving the secret of grain (and farming) to the legendary hero
NOT a funerary relief. This huge stone was flipped upside down on the threshold of a church in Eleusis, which we'll visit next. It depicts the mother goddess Demeter and her daughter Kore giving the secret of grain (and farming) to the legendary hero

Recommended Books on Greek Art and Archaeology

These are some of the books I used in my undergraduate classes to learn the history of Greek art. They also teach you the history of the period. They cover a great many of the sites, individual scuptures and vases I saw during my trip.

The Art and Culture of Early Greece, 1100-480 B.C.
The Art and Culture of Early Greece, 1100-480 B.C.

A bit dated now, but still a respected introduction for art and history during the Mycenaean period and the so-called Dark Age of Greece.

 
Art and Experience in Classical Greece
Art and Experience in Classical Greece

This one ties Greek art into the lives and culture of the people who created it. When we see sculptures and vases stuck in museums, it's easy to forget what the world and people who used them were like.

 
Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period, a Handbook (World of Art)
Greek Sculpture: The Classical Period, a Handbook (World of Art)

Boardman's books on Greek art are top-notch handbooks for college students and students of antiquity. I studied for art & archaeology exams with this book.

 

The Journey Continues...

And that's it for Athens! Next, join me as I visit Eleusis, sanctuary of Demeter and Persephone in Ancient Greece Odyssey: Demeter and Eleusis!

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    jjfisherjr 3 years ago

    I just stumbled across your page here while looking for images of the Diadoumenos to use later for a virtual recreation. I was so charmed by your enthusiasm. I am burning with envy too as Greece would be a dream come true for me. I've been in love with all things Ancient Greece since I first started exploring the pages of the World Book Encyclopedia as a young child (how's that for dating me). I've never made it to Greece and likely never will, but reading pages like yours with photos you've taken yourself bridge the gap for just a moment for me. Thank you!

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    intothesunset 4 years ago

    I visited Athens last summer but didn't have time to visit the museum. We did however visit the British Museum in London where a lot of the statues on top of the Parthenon are displayed. Thanks for sharing photos on your lens. It's almost as though I went there.

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    opatoday 4 years ago

    This is just Amazing Thank You

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    Deadicated LM 5 years ago

    A beautifully illustrated Lens; thanks for sharing.

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    EsotericAllusion 5 years ago

    A very enjoyable read. I am not very familiar with "Cycladic art" and would like to read more about it. Hellenistic sculpture is my favourite, so dramatic and powerful!

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    LucyEMason 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC lens! I love it

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    LucyEMason 5 years ago

    FANTASTIC lens! I love it

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    Herman IV 5 years ago

    Great lens! Athens is on my list to visit. I'm looking forward to it even more after this lens!

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Great Lens and a big thumbs up

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    anonymous 5 years ago

    Great Lens and a big thumbs up

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    anonymous 6 years ago

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    traveller27 6 years ago

    Beautiful lens. I felt like I was in a museum - great work!

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    Jennifer P Tanabe 6 years ago from Red Hook, NY

    Beautiful! Now you've inspired me to really want to visit Athens. Blessed by a SquidAngel on the Back to School Bus Trip.

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    purpleladymom 6 years ago

    Great lens. Awesome pictures!!!! Please check out mine about a dig in Niles, MI. It is near my home and I am part of a group called "Support the Fort" https://hubpages.com/education/Fort_St_Joseph_Nile

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    sushilkin lm 6 years ago

    Very Informative Lens. Thanks for sharing.

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    anonymous 6 years ago

    I'm a big history-buff and have always been fascinated in the history of philosophy, the creation of the pyramids and also the history of the Bermuda Triangle, which I wrote a piece on for my disseration.

    I went to Greece last Summer to check out the Athens Museum and can't say I was disappointed either! so much history to digest. Only down sides to the trip were the gigantic moths that floated around my hotel in Athens one night - I don't even want to know how those things grew to be so big!

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    Bella Stella 6 years ago

    This is an interesting lens. I am also trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens https://hubpages.com/travel/benaki-museum .

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    Bella Stella 6 years ago

    This is an interesting lens. I am also trying to complete a project with the museums of Greece. I would appreciate it if you stopped there for a while leaving your opinion comments and it would be very important for me if you liked it. Here is my lens https://hubpages.com/travel/benaki-museum .

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    sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

    thanks for the info about museum of acropolis.

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    Kritikos 6 years ago

    Hi,

    this is a great lens about the museum of Acropolis and I have recommended it to the visitors of Athens Taxi on this page: Sites about Athens

    Efharisto,

    Giannis Kritikos

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    JeremiahStanghini 6 years ago

    Do I even need to visit the 'actual' museum after seeing this lens? lol

    With Love and Gratitude,

    Jeremiah

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    WorldVisionary3 6 years ago

    Loved all of the photos - I almost felt like I was there!

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    ArtConscience 7 years ago

    This is a fascinating lens. Thank you... it now has my nomination for a purple star! - Did you know, too, that there is a bronze of Anna Chromy's Cloak of Conscience smack bang outside the Archeological Museum in Athens?

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    julieannbrady 7 years ago

    OMG Ellen you seriously rock ... just popped in for another look at something I will need to learn to appreciate from AFAR. Hugs.

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    anonymous 7 years ago

    What great art. I am thrilled to see these pictures.

    I have a love for art that goes right to my very core.

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    archaeology 7 years ago

    Great job Nice presentations I like it.dinosaurs

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    archaeology 7 years ago

    I found a great informative post for this "Museums of Athens ". I am very impressive from this article post. Great Job very nice present information. I like very much this "Museums of Athens ". I have more interest in archaeology field. I like archaeology and all Archaeology Museums News. my archaeology museums related blog is archaeology excavations

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    julieannbrady 7 years ago

    I'm really feeling that I connected to Ancient Greece today, thanks to your marvelous portrayal ... have you pulled all the Greece information together for an ebook? It would be cool if I could get all this, say, on my Kindle to take along with us when we travel to Greece in November.

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    myraggededge 7 years ago

    More fascinating information and photos brought to life by your great writing. Blessed :-)

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    justholidays 7 years ago

    Another fantastic lens! I love the way you placed the pictures all along the texts! Really well done. I'm breathless... and speechless!

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    wilddove6 7 years ago

    Simply Amazing Lens!

    I know nothing about Ancient Greek sculpture or art, but I have *learned*!

    I wish I had read this before going to an exhibit of various artifacts from the British Museum...I would have gotten a lot more out of the Greek exhibit!

    Wing High five on this one!