A captivating exhibition filled with some of the finest examples of Greek sculpture, armour, jewellery, vases and ancient sporting artefacts.
From the sporting triumphs of the original Olympians to the conquests of Alexander the Great and the epic tales of Homer, Greek history is filled with the glorious deeds of athletes, warriors and heroes.
The Ancient Greeks were renowned for their competitive spirit. It famously flourished in sporting and battle arenas but also in the performing arts, with contests in music, drama, sculpture and painting.
Underpinning the quest for glory and honour was an emphasis on excellence. Physical training sculpted the body that would achieve sporting or military victory. Education, philosophy, science and the visual arts were equally important, shaping and sharpening the mind.
Although competition could be a destructive force, it was also positive and unifying. It was a thread that ran through daily life, generating a rich and innovative society that endures in the artefacts and stories that survive today.
Opening on Sunday 20 June, Ancient Greeks: Athletes, Warriors and Heroes is WA Museum Boola Bardip's first major international exhibition. This exhibition displays one of the largest selections of Greek artefacts loaned by the British Museum with materials ranging in age from the sixth to first centuries BCE.
For many of the 178 artefacts drawn from present-day Greece, Turkey, Italy, Spain, Egypt and Libya, it will be the first time they are toured to the Southern Hemisphere. This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brings to life the Ancient Greek world and vibrantly showcases the important role competition played within it.
The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum, the Western Australian Museum, the National Museum of Australia and the Auckland War Memorial and Museum.
Special Exhibitions Gallery
Perth Cultural Centre, Perth