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Exhibition Detail
Au Royaume d'Alexandre le Grand (In the kingdom of Alexander the Great – Ancient Macedonia )
Entrée principale par la Pyramide
75001 Paris
France


October 13th, 2011 - January 16th, 2012
 
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Portée par l’intelligence politique de ses souverains, dont le plus célèbre reste Alexandre le Grand, la Macédoine antique a pu s’imposer en tant que royaume et s’opposer ainsi à la Grèce des cités.

C’est l’histoire de ce royaume au passé glorieux, à l’apogée impressionnante que dévoile l’exposition. C’est également une mise en lumière de ce qu’étaient en leur temps les tombes de la Grèce du Nord, car les trésors mis au jour, protégés par les terres des tumuli, sont un témoignage unique de la virtuosité des artistes de l’époque.

Cinq cents œuvres retracent ainsi l’histoire de la Macédoine antique depuis le XVe siècle avant notre ère jusqu’à la Rome impériale.

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Nearly five hundred pieces, most of which are presented for the first time in France, retrace the history of ancient Macedonia from the fifteenth century BC until Imperial Roman times.
 

The exhibition charts, in particular, the rise of the kingdom of Macedonia against the Greek city-states, thanks to the political acumen of its rulers, the most famous of whom being Alexander the Great.

It was not until 1977 and the discovery of several royal burial sites in Vergina, including the intact tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great, that the exceptional archeological potential of northern Greece was truly recognized. These excavations and those of several other Macedonian necropolises revealed the splendor of a class of notables and an elite close to the kings, as well as the development of a particularly sophisticated form of court art. They attest to the intense trade relations between Macedonia and other parts of the Greek world.

While complete ensemble of grave goods illustrate the chronological timeline, thematic approaches allow us to address various aspects of Macedonian civilization: artistic production, the way the kingdom was organized, education, daily life of men and women, religion and death, not to mention the genesis of the legend of Alexander in classical antiquity.

Spectacular works—sculptures, vases, ceramics, jewelry, and two gold warrior wreaths in particular—reveal the richness and extraordinary virtuosity of ancient Macedonian production.


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