from 1/2/2000 until 1/12/2001

The City beneath the city

Finds from excavations for the Metropolitan Railway of Athens


The excavations undertaken in Athens by the State Archaeological Service (3rd and 1st Divisions) on the sites where the metro stations were to be built, unearthed remnants of the long history of the city, while revealing a multitude of hitherto unknown topographical details.

Five hundred exhibits made of clay, bronze, marble, glass, and ivory outline the development of human life in Athens from the 17th century BC to the 6th century AD, from the Mycenean to the Byzantine period, through what we know as the Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, and Roman eras.

Exhibition highlights:

| Glimpses of ancient corners of Athens, where people lived, traded, debated, fought, worshipped, bore their children, and buried their dead over the ages.

| Works of art, statues in marble and bronze, coarse ware, dining sets and sacred vessels

|  Rare finds, including the tomb of a dog, complete with its glass offerings and dog's collar

|  Pieces of historical evidence, like the large stone slab listing the dead from one of the battles of the Peloponnesean War, mentioned by Thucydides.

| Races of every-day life in ancient Athens

| Lamps, toys, needles or cosmetic spatulas, tools.

The exhibition was a collaboration of the Ministry of Culture and the Museum of Cycladic Art

Duration of the exhibition: February 2000 - December 2001


Attiko Metro

Polis 88,6

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