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The Greeks – An Amazing Exhibition

By , May 31, 2016 11:24 AM

Larger ImageAgamemnon to Alexander the Great:
A stunning exhibition celebrating 5,000 years of Greek culture.
More Than 500 Greek Artifacts Make Final Stop on 4-city Tour.
See also:

  • Priceless Ancient Treasures Leave Greece for First Time (with video)
  • The Greeks – National Geographic TV Special (with video)
  • The Greeks, 3-page photo-sheet/brochure in PDF

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    Take an extraordinary journey through 5,000 years of Greek culture in this world-class exhibit celebrating kings, scholars, poets, and philosophers. An incredible collection of artifacts previously never before seen outside of Greece makes this 2016’s must-see exhibition!
     
     

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    Priceless Ancient Treasures Leave Greece for First Time

    By , May 28, 2016 9:09 PM

    WreathAn amazing video showing how priceless artifacts were transported from Greece to USA for the exhibit at the National Geographic Museum in Washington DC. The exhibit will begin on June 1st 2016.

    Museum of National Geographic – May 26, 2016 – Get an inside look at the largest collection of ancient Greek treasures ever to visit North America, The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander. Nat Geo Archaeology Fellow Fredrik Hiebert tells the story of these legendary artifacts of gold, marble and bronze from thousands of years of royalty, heroes and warriors.

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    The Greeks – National Geographic Special

    By , May 12, 2016 2:06 PM

    A 3-part National Geographic Special premiers June 21, 28, and July 5 on Public Broadcast Stations (PBS).
    The series will coincide with the ‘Greeks’ Exhibition to open June 1 at National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
    Agamemnon to Alexander the Great: A stunning exhibition celebrating 5,000 years of Greek culture.
    More Than 500 Greek Artifacts Make Final Stop on 4-city Tour.


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    ‘Greeks’ Exhibition to Open June 1 at National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
    More Than 500 Greek Artifacts Make Final Stop on 4-city Tour

    WASHINGTON (March 11, 2016) — “The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” spans 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, presenting stories of individuals from Neolithic villages through the conquests of Alexander the Great. This unprecedented exhibition features more than 550 artifacts from the national collections of 22 museums throughout Greece, making it the largest exhibition of its kind to tour North America in 25 years. The Greeks makes its final of two U.S. stops, and its only East Coast appearance, at the National Geographic Museum, where it opens to the public on June 1.

    “The Greeks is the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Greek history and culture to visit North America in a generation,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions at the National Geographic Society. “From their Bronze Age beginnings to the height of classical civilization, the Greeks and the traditions they founded continue to have a profound impact on our lives today.”
    The exhibition contains more than 500 magnificent artifacts, many of which have never been displayed outside of Greece. Curator favorites include iconic stone figurines from the Cycladic Islands; gold funerary masks and other treasures from Mycenae; classical marble statues from the Acropolis Museum of Greek poets, athletes and heroes; and brightly painted ceramic vases featuring scenes from Greek mythology and daily life.

    Museum visitors will experience the exhibition through the eyes of the ancient Greeks. Some are well-known even today — Odysseus, Homer, Agamemnon, Leonidas, Socrates, Pericles, Philip II and Alexander — with their achievements recorded in epic poems, historical writings and mythological stories. But many of the people featured in the exhibition remain unnamed and known to us only through the archaeological record: a priestess of Mycenae, a warrior of the Iron Age, two noble women of the Archaic period and an athlete of the classical era. The objects buried with these individuals provide insights into their lives and the roles they played within their respective families and societies.

    Woven throughout the exhibition are the inventions, innovations and institutions that provide the foundation for much of Western culture. Scholars today trace the origins of modern democracy; the Olympic movement; and Western philosophy, poetry and theater back to Greece. Even many of the monuments of Washington, D.C., owe their architectural style to the mathematicians, builders and sculptors of ancient Greece.

    The Greeks was developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture, Education and Religious Affairs (Athens, Greece), The Field Museum (Chicago, USA), the National Geographic Museum (Washington, D.C., USA), Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (Montréal, Canada), and the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada). More information about The Greeks at the National Geographic Museum can be found here: http://events.nationalgeographic.com/exhibits/2016/06/01/the-greeks-dc/.

    In addition to this exhibition, National Geographic is producing a three-hour series “The Greeks,” which will air nationally on PBS in late June. A rich complement of publications and public programming related to the exhibition will also be announced in early May. Special events will include an engaging Nat Geo Live event featuring Caroline Alexander, author of the recently published and critically acclaimed English translation of “The Iliad.”

    The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day (except Dec. 25) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults; $12 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $10 for children ages 5-12; and free for local school, student and youth groups (18 and under; advance reservation required). Tickets may be purchased online at www.natgeomuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281.

    About the National Geographic Society
    The National Geographic Society is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.org.

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    Lighting Ceremony of the Olympic Flame from Olympia, Greece

    By , April 21, 2016 9:14 PM

    Rio, Brazil, 2016

    IOC President says Games at Rio, Brazil, 2016 ‘will be a message of hope in troubled times’




    The Olympic flame for the Olympic Games Rio 2016 was lit today in Ancient Olympia, Greece, during a ceremony organised by the Hellenic Olympic Committee (HOC).

    Olympic.org writes: “The lighting marks the symbolic start of the Olympic Torch Relay, which will see the flame travel for six days and 2,235km around Greece before being officially presented to the organisers of the Olympic Games Rio 2016 on 27 April at the Panathenaic Stadium, site of the first modern Olympic Games Athens 1896.”

    The IOC President spoke of the power of the Olympic flame in promoting peace and spreading the Olympic values.

    “These Olympic Games will be a message of hope in troubled times – and the flame will carry this message into all corners of Brazil and, indeed, all the world,” said President Bach. “In these difficult days that Brazil is facing, the flame is a timeless reminder that we are all part of the same humanity. The flame is an ancient symbol of peace and harmony, a symbol of the power of humanity to come together despite our differences. This will be the greatest legacy of the Olympic Games for Brazil and for the world.

    He continued: “The torch relay will spread the message of our shared humanity to all people of the beautiful country of Brazil, a nation that is built on the idea that its strength comes from uniting all of its cultural richness. Brazil is unique in its diversity. Let the celebration of the XXXI Olympiad give reason to all the people of this vast and wonderful country to show the world the true meaning of unity in diversity.”

    Source: Olympic.org

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    Olympic Games of 1896 – The 1st Olympiad

    By , April 6, 2016 1:57 PM

    Today, April 6th, marks the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games, held in Athens, Greece, between 6 and 15 April 1896.

    The first Olympiad hosted 250 male athletes from 14 nations who competed in 9 different sports in 43 events. Competition took place in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, where 80,000 spectators were packing the stadium to watch the different events – athletics, gymnastics, weightlifting and wrestling.

    Crown prince Constantine opened the Olympic Games.

    “Most noteworthy was the Marathon – it had the greatest number of international athletes ever,” commented Google. “Equally noteworthy was its winner, Spiridon ‘Spiro’ Louis, the only Greek champion in the athletics division, and a national hero for the host country. His monumental victory on that historic day continues to inspire Greek pride.”
    IOC/Allsport writes: “It was the culmination of a triumph for the Greek hosts that one of their countrymen in running from the village of Marathon along the coast from Athens should achieve victory.”

    After Doodle 4 Google in 2013, Google has done it again by celebrating the 120th anniversary of the first modern Olympic Games with “Doodles” designed by Olivia Huynh and they show four different scenes from the event. Each doodle can be seen below and by refreshing the google homepage.
    Google Doodles (click each image to enlarge)

    Oly-hors Oly-disc
    Oly-weig Google doodles


    We thank Google for raising the awareness for this important date, as well other historic events.

    The Olympic Games are traced all the way back to 776 BC. The Games were dedicated to Olympian God, Zeus. The Olympics took place in the same place in Olympia, Peloponnese, Greece, every four years and so, this period became known as an ‘Olympiad’.

    References:
    IOC, 1st Olympic Games
    IOC multimedia
    The Guardian, UK
    The Independent, UK

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