In front of the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. I have not seen a better archaeological museum in my life.
Whenever we can, we visit the national museums of the countries we are in. Given Greece’s rich history, I expected to find some jewels. But what we got was even better.
We allocated 2-3 hours to cover the museum and then move on. But late in the afternoon, I still found myself unable to leave. The National Archaeological Museum of Greece combined incredible quality and preservation with a vastness of hallways inside. I got lost several times as it just went on and on. Some of the quality of the marble had me shaking my head in amazement. Then I would step into the next room to find even greater works. Do put this museum on your must-see list in life.
A satyr groping a nymph
Look at how the wind appears to blow the marble tunic
A tombstone stellae. This is a story of grief. The young man on the left has died prematurely. His servant below him grieves. But the worst of the grief is left for the old father on the right, staring at his departed son. The Greeks knew how to capture tragedy with the best.
A satyr molests a nymph. He has no problem with his appearance either. But most incredible. This is ONE continuous piece of marble.
Note the tail on this satyr. Such detail on one solid piece of marble.
Agamemnon’s actual death mask, found in a 2800 year old tomb.
Antoninus, Emperor Hadrian’s partner and love. His suicide started the Cult of Antoninus, dedicated to those with broken hearts from departed lovers.
Sabrina, Hadrian’s neglected wife. Her sadness shows well in this 1900 year old bust.
Emperor Hadrian himself. Perhaps the most extraordinary of Roman emperors.
The cult of Dionysus. Wine, women, and song, 2500 years ago.
Look at the detail of this 2500 year old pottery.
A tombstone stellae of a young mother on the right, who has died, most likely in childbirth. Here she watches as a nurse takes her baby into an uncertain future.
The best obsidian stonework I have seen. Knives and points 3500 years old.
Spectacular gold jewelry, 3500+ years old.
The cult of Dionysus, partying on the side of this casket.
A ceramic bathtub.