“The Greeks” Opens Today

“The Greeks,” an important new exhibit brings together the National Hellenic Museum and the Field Museum in a historic partnership.


Opening today at The Field Museum, “The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” draws from the collections of 21 museums throughout Greece, making it the largest exhibition of its kind to tour North America in 25 years. Spanning 5,000 years of Greek history and culture, the exhibition presents stories of individuals from its origins in Neolithic villages through its expansion during the conquests of Alexander the Great.


Courtesy of the Archaeological Museum of Pella. Part of The Greeks at the Filed Museum
COURTESY  The Archaeological Museum of Pella

About The Greeks

“The Greeks” is making the first of two U.S. stops at The Field, and its appearance is the result of a first-of-its-kind partnership between The Field Museum and co-presenter, the National Hellenic Museum. In addition to “The Greeks” at The Field Museum, the National Hellenic Museum will host related programming and exhibitions in its Greektown home.

The exhibition contains more than 500 magnificent artifacts, many of which have never been displayed outside of Greece. Show-stopping examples include enigmatic stone figurines from the Cycladic Islands, gold funerary masks from Bronze Age tombs, classical marble statues of Greek poets, athletes, and heroes, and brightly painted ceramic vases featuring scenes from Greek mythology and daily life.

But the objects tell only part of the story. The exhibition is presented largely through the lens of the ancient Greeks themselves. Some are recognizable today—Homer, Agamemnon, Pericles, Philip II, and Alexander—their achievements recorded in epic poems, historical writings, and mythological stories. But many of the people featured in the exhibition remain unnamed and known to us only through the archaeological record: a priestess of Mycenae, a warrior of the Iron Age, two noble women of the Archaic period, and an athlete of the Classical era. The objects buried with these individuals provide insights into their lives and the roles they played within their respective families and societies.


Joint Effort

“The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great” was developed by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Athens, Greece), The Field Museum (Chicago, USA), the National Geographic Museum (Washington, DC, USA), Pointe-à-Callière, Montréal Archaeology and History Complex (Montréal, Canada), and the Canadian Museum of History (Gatineau, Canada).

“The Greeks” is co-presented in Chicago by The Field Museum and National Hellenic Museum, and made possible by the generous contribution of The John P. Calamos Foundation and John P. Calamos, Sr., Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the National Hellenic Museum.

Transportation provided by PACART.


Go Beyond at National Hellenic Museum

Beginning November 25, the world of ancient Greece will come to Chicago with a spectacular once-in-a-generation exhibition at The Field Museum along with compelling companion programs and exhibitions at the National Hellenic Museum in Greektown.


The National Hellenic Museum is the proud co-presenter of The Greeks—Agamemnon to Alexander the Great, a special exhibition that will be on display at The Field Museum from Thanksgiving weekend until April 10, 2016.

It’s an historic opportunity to experience and learn about the ancient Greeks through an exhibition of more than 500 priceless treasures from 21 Greek museums. Many of the objects have never been displayed outside of Greece. This will be the largest exhibition of its kind to tour North America in 25 years and will make only one other stop in the United States. The exhibition is presented largely through the lens of the ancient Greeks themselves – some recognizable, and some unnamed – as the objects from their lives provide insight into the roles they played within their respective societies.


“The National Hellenic Museum is the premier Greek cultural institution in North America, and it is a privilege to co-sponsor this exhibition, which will be of great value to those of Greek heritage as well as to those who recognize the pivotal contributions ancient Greeks made to our current society, democracy, and western culture,” says John P. Calamos, Sr.


The National Hellenic Museum will offer a rich cultural program of exhibitions, events, and activities showcasing the enduring universal relevance of Greek history and culture in collaboration with eminent scholars and cultural institutions from around the country and abroad.

COURTESY: National Hellenic Museum

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