Tuesday, January 9, 2007

Exhibit of Greek and Spartan Artifacts

Athens-Sparta Exhibit in NYC

There's a fine saying from the Hellenic Mystery Wiccan tradition: "Every man and every woman is a star". A wonderful and unique exhibit has opened, bringing together a great assemblage of Greek artifacts, at Onassis Cultural Center in New York City:

Athens lavishly encouraged artistic creativity, which became the fountainhead of Western civilization. Laconic, militarist Sparta spent sparingly on the arts, yet managed to produce its own notable works, as shown by the celebrated objects on display...Mounted strikingly in the compact gallery in midtown Manhattan, the survey encompasses some of the rarest relics ever to travel outside Greece, dating from 800 BC to about 350 BC. Admission is free for the one-time show, on view through May 12, 2007.

Artifacts from centuries of conflicts include spear points and javelin tips...Objects from the domestic and religious life of both cities include intricately painted pottery and drinking vessels, metallic sculptures of athletes and votive figurines, coins and decorative pins, gravestones carved from marble, and busts and statues of Athena, the patron of Athens, and other gods...Greece’s greatest museums in Athens, Sparta, Marathon, Olympia and Rhodes loaned priceless objects for the show. A lavishly illustrated catalog includes essays by Greece’s top antiquities scholars, including Nikolaos Kaltsas, director of the National Archaeological Museum, who curated the show.

Onassis Cultural Center
645 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10022

* Tel: 212 486 4448
* Fax: 212 486 4744
* URL: http://www.onassisusa.org/
* E-mail: info@onassisusa.org

What a treat for Hellenistic Wiccans! Not only is this a once in a lifetime exhibit, but it's free! How often does that happen in NYC?

There's a number of different sub-traditions in Hellenism, but if you're interested in finding out about it, a good place to start is an article at Witchvox.

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