The Acropolis Museum will celebrate Greece’s Independence Day on March 25th with free entrance for all. Access to all halls and exhibitions will be free from 9 am to 8 pm. Two events are scheduled for this day:
- the presentation of a painted copy of “Kore 685” at 1 o’ clock
- a music event inspired by the Oracle oak of Dodona at 7 pm
There are currently several exhibitions worth visiting:
Dodona. The oracle of sounds
The Oracle of Dodona. Dodona is a significant archaeological site in Epiros, north-west Greece, about 22 km southwest from Ioannina. The exhibition aims at providing wider knowledge about the oldest Greek oracle, tracing the way it functioned, its role and importance in the ancient world, and at the same time showcasing the human need to predict the future.
The exhibit’s narration begins with Dodona during the late Bronze Age. Clay and bronze artifacts illuminate the identity of the first inhabitants, the primitive cult of Mother Earth (Earth Goddess) and the establishment of Zeus’ cult. The main interest in the exhibition lies in Zeus and his predominant presence in the sanctuary. The central theme is the prophetic oak tree that with the rustle of its leaves would answer the agonizing questions of people of what lies ahead. Prophecies were also given by priests who de-coded the sounds of bronze cauldrons and the cooing of pigeons.
Exhibition until 31st March 2017.
A bronze sculpture from the sea of the island of Kalymnos
Bronze statue of a rider wearing a cuirass found in the sea south of the island of Kalymnos. 2nd cent. BC. Exhibition until March 31st 2017.
Portrait of Emperor Hadrian at the Acropolis Museum
The Acropolis Museum honors the anniversary of the 1900 years since the ascent to the throne of Emperor Hadrian, a friend and benefactor of Athens, with the presentation of an exquisite portrait of the Emperor found in Syngrou Avenue, and an interesting video, produced by the Museum, which showcases the Emperor’s immense building program concerning the city of Athens in the 2nd cent. AD. Hadrian’s work signifies the revival of Greek Letters and Science during the time of the Roman Empire.
Exhibition until 31st March, 2017.
More information and exhibition at the official website of the Acropolis Museum.