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Rome welcomes 25 sculptures that shed light on Ancient Greece

2014-05-11

Italy and Greece are joining forces to showcase 25 masterpieces that shed light on Ancient Greece. The exhibit titled 'Classicism and Europe' is taking place in Rome's Palacio del Quirinal. 

LINA MENDONI
Secretary, Greek Ministry of Culture
"The main point is that with this collaboration, both Greece and Italy want to show that the ecumenical values of this ancient civilization, which in essence was born from these two countries, are values that shaped modern Europe.” 

LOUIS GODART
Curator, "Classicità de Europa”
"The first value is the sense of calling out injustices. The second one is discovering democracy. These are the highlights and bases of the Classic civilization.”

The protagonist of the exhibit is this piece titled 'Mourning Athena.' The statue depicts the goddess of war and wisdom, after a battle. It dates back to the 5th century A.D. Even though no one knows who sculpted it, it's a very popular piece. 

LOUIS GODART
Curator, "Classicità de Europa”
"It shows a goddess who has abandoned her royal scepter, but still keeps her spear. The question of course is why... Well, it's because she represents  that after all, great victories can be reversed. It's necessary to stand up for things that have a high price.” 

This is the first time that this famous piece and 24 others, have left the Acropolis Museum in Athens. The exhibit will stay open until July, so that visitors can find out what they have in common with the first Europeans. 


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