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National Museum of Australia, Canberra | 16 December 2021 to 1 May 2022 | Costs apply

A two-handled narrow necked vessel with representations of running figures painted around its side. - click to view larger image
Panathenaic prize amphora, Athens, Greece, 333–332 BCE. © The Trustees of the British Museum, 2019. All rights reserved

Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is a major exhibition from the British Museum featuring iconic objects that have never before toured the Southern Hemisphere.

It explores the theme of competition through sports, politics, drama, music and warfare, illuminated by 170 objects from the British Museum’s peerless collection.

National Museum director Mathew Trinca said he was delighted Ancient Greeks was among the exhibitions on offer in the Museum's 20th birthday year.

‘I know audiences will be mesmerised by the stories of competition in the ancient Greek world and by the beautiful depictions of athletes, the ceramics, sculptures, armour and jewellery featured in the show,’ Dr Trinca said.

Ancient Greeks is the 4th in a series of British Museum exhibitions that have featured at the National Museum, following Rome: City and Empire, A History of the World in 100 Objects and Encounters: Revealing Stories of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Objects from the British Museum.

The Ancient Greeks exhibition tour was rescheduled due to COVID-19. It is due to open at the Western Australian Museum in Perth in June 2021. It will also be on show at Tāmaki Paenga Hira Auckland War Memorial Museum from mid-2022.

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