Skip to content
  • 9am–5pm
  • Free general admission
  • Shop
A vase with a broad opening, small base and an illustration of a row of women carrying vessels on their heads, with animals below. - click to view larger image
Hydria (water jar)

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes explored competition through sport, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by more than 170 objects from the British Museum.

The exhibition featured Exekias’s amphora showing the Greek warrior Achilles slaying the Amazon Queen Penthesileia and the marble relief known as the Apotheosis of Homer, by Archelaos of Priene.

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes was on show at the National Museum of Australia from 17 December 2021 until 1 May 2022.

Read our Ancient Greeks media release

Listen to the audio tours

Ancient Greeks audio tour

ABC broadcaster and proud Greek-Australian Patricia Karvelas on the most intriguing objects from the Ancient Greeks exhibition.

Ancient Greeks audio tour for kids

Young hosts Sophia and Lucas explore 10 super interesting objects, from toys and games to weapons, art and maybe the odd banana.

Explore collection highlights

Busy Bee Greek cafe collection

Learn about the Zantiotis family of Gunnedah and an important chapter of our cultural and culinary history.

Rose Pappas collection

Read about one of only three known traditional formal costumes from Castellorizo, Greece.

The presentation of Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is a collaboration between the British Museum, Western Australian Museum, National Museum of Australia and Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum.

Series of logos divided into five rows.

A vase with a broad opening, small base and an illustration of a row of women carrying vessels on their heads, with animals below.

Thumbnail image: Hydria (water jar), black figure pottery, made in Athens, Greece, about 510 BCE, attributed to the Antimenes Painter, found at Vulci, Lazio, Italy, 47 x 39 x 33 cm, 1843,1103.66. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2021. All rights reserved

Return to Top