What do the Antikythera Mechanism, Nestor’s golden cup and the marble statue of an athlete from Delos all have in common? The answer is that they are all found in the collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and will be among the 180 unique objects and artifacts that will come together to form its new temporary exhibition called “Odysseys.”
The exhibition will start on October 3 this year, the date that coincides with the 150th anniversary since the foundation stone for the country’s first national museum was laid in 1866.
The year-long exhibition, which is currently in the preparatory stage, will narrate the “large and small adventures of the people who lived in Greece from the neolithic era until Roman times,” according to the organizers. It will feature only original ancient artwork, with the exception of a model of the “self-crowned” athlete that will be shown in place of the original, until the latter’s return from the United States and the exhibition “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great.”