Greek Artifacts Exhibited in Chicago Museum


The exhibition “The Greeks: From Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” will be held at the Field museum, Chicago, in partnership with Chicago National Hellenic Museum, presenting more than 5000 Greek cultural artifacts, many of which have never before left the country. The exhibition will begin in November 26, 2015 and will last until 17 April 2016.

The exhibition pieces will travel from nearly two dozen Greek museums in Chicago and will hopefully “educate youth about Greek culture, to have them stop tweeting and start learning,” as John Calamos, the Greek museum’s board chairman said.

Many objects come from tombs, including pieces from the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great. The organizers aim to emphasize objects rather than text to talk about Greek history and culture.

The goal of the exhibition is to tell the stories of people and cultures of the Neolithic period through the evolution of Minoan and Mycenaean city-states up through the development of the empire of Alexander the Great. Field Museum Curator William Parkinson stated that : “This is not just another ancient Greek exhibit with a bunch of classical pots in it. By focusing on individuals like Agamemnon and Alexander the Great, the exhibit literally lets the visitor come face to face with the past.”