Acropolis Museum: the treasures of AthenaAthens, Greece
The Museum is a project inspired by myth and history. Hosts collections of items from the sanctuaries on the slopes and Archaic Acropolis, the collection of the Parthenon’s sculptural decoration, the exhibits from the Propylaia, temple of Athena Nike and the Erechtheion, as well as other items dating back between the 5th c. BC and the 2nd c. AD.
1. The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are definitely the Hollywood stars of the Acropolis. Thousands of men fell under their mystifying spell, including a man called Lord Elgin.
2. The Great Panathenaea - West friezeThe Athenians threw a grand party to celebrate the birthday of their patron goddess. The Great Panathenaea are depicted in the Parthenon’s frieze and no one missing.
3. Pilar with an offering to AsclepiosGoing blind was very common in ancient times due to accidents, battle injuries, or as a divine punishment received after a wrongful act. When all medical practices failed, the gods were the only resort.
Pilar with an offering to AsclepiosThe ancient Greeks had an intimate relationship with their gods; it was based on the belief that the immortals would assist them in times of peril, and they would offer them something in return for their benevolence. The usual method of expressing gratitude was a bloody sacrifice, but in matters of health, there was another alternative. Greeks dedicated to the deity that helped them an ex-voto modeled on the body part that was cured through divine intervention. Terracotta models of human heads, eyes, legs, hands, arms, genitals, feet, breasts etc. are common finds in sanctuaries throughout Greece. Wealthy individuals could offer votives made of gold, silver, or other precious materials. It is a tradition that is still very much alive throughout Greece.
The hand of Phidias
The Great Panathenaea - West friezeOn the west frieze, you can see a block sculpted by Phidias himself. It is block No. 8 (VIII) and it depicts a single horse and its rider. The figure is believed to depict Theseus, the mythical founder of the Panathenaic Festival, who is attempting to restrain his runaway mount. The great attention to detail, the intricate folds of the garment, and the particularly realistic rendition of the figure bear witness to the mastery of the artist. Phidias was considered the only man to have seen the face of the Greek gods. He revealed their image to humanity and shaped the popular image of the gods of Mount Olympus that persists to the present day.
The CaryatidsThe Caryatids are famous. We know they are young girls that carry elaborate baskets on their heads and are entrusted with holding up the porch of the Erechtheion. Their hands are missing but we suspect they used to hold something with one of them and their garment with the other, in a posture typical of Archaic korai. Their hairstyle is elaborate and their peplos goes down to their feet. They are similar but not identical, each demonstrating differences in their hair and the folds of their drapery. The differences may be due to the various craftsmen who worked on them based on two original models. All six seem to move in a procession. And yet we do not know who they are. Building accounts of the period call them korai; the name caryatids does not appear anywhere. They are one of the loveliest mysteries of the Acropolis.
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|Address||The Acropolis Museum, Dionysiou Areopagitou 15, Athina|
|Starting point||Museum's entrance|
|Finishing point||Inside the museum|
|Areas||Gallery of the Slopes of the Acropolis, archaic collection, Parthenon's frieze, Athena Nike's temple atrium, Caryatids of the Erechtheion, statues, and votive offerings from the Acropolis hill from the 5th century BC to the 3rd century AD|
|Opening hours||Mon. 8.00-16.00 Tue.-Sun. 8.00-20.00 Fri. 8.00-22.00|
|Additional admission||Winter season (1 November - 31 March) General admission: 5 Euros Reduced admission: 3 Euros Summer season (1 April - 31 October) General admission: 10 Euros Reduced admission: 5 Euros|
|Comments||Bus: Lines 24, 40, 57, 103, 106, 108, 111, 126, 134, 135, 136, 137, 155, 206, 208, 227, 230, 237, 790, 856, Α2, Α3, Α4, Β2, Β3, Β4, Ε2, Ε22 (stop: Makriyianni) , Metro line 2 (red line) (Anthoupoli-Elliniko) to Acropolis station, Trolley: Lines 1, 5, 15 (stop: Makriyianni)|
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