Queens and Amazons: an ancient display of real girl power

By Lily Withycombe
February 25 2022 - 6:30pm
Frieze block from the tomb of King Mausolus, marble, about 350 BCE

Our latest exhibition, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes, on loan from the British Museum, explores the conceptual force of ancient Greek culture. The distribution of findspots in this show extends far beyond mainland Greece and includes sites across South Italy and the eastern Mediterranean, and even as far afield as Libya, France, and Switzerland. This geographical spread is linked to the concept of Philhellenism, which refers to admirers of ancient Greece emulating and recreating cultural aspects of it for themselves, spreading it far and wide.



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