The display entitled “The Greeks — Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” will bring together more than 500 artifacts from 22 museums, covering more than 5,000 years of history. The two Athenian museums, the National Archeological Museum and the Acropolis museum, are among the institutions which will contribute a majority of the artifacts for display.
The Greek ambassador to Canada, Eleftherios Anghelopoulos, said that this exhibition will be the largest of its kind ever held outside of Greece.
Pointe-a-Calliere, the Montreal Museum of Archaeology and History, is part of a consortium led by the Canadian Museum of History that has been formed for the North American tour. Other consortium members include the Field Museum in Chicago and the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.
The exhibition aims to highlight some of the most interesting aspects of Greece’s history such as the birth of democracy, philosophy, theater, science and medicine.
In addition, some exceptional pieces will be displayed at the exhibition, including an iconic portrait of Alexander the Great which was found near Pella, Northern Greece, “kouroi” which are statues of men and women dating back from the sixth century BC and gold jewelry from ancient royal tombs.
“The Greeks” will run at Pointe-a-Calliere from Dec. 12, 2014, to April 26, 2015, and at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Quebec, from June 5 to Oct. 12, 2015.