Buckets of treasure wait for visitors in the archaeological museums of Greece. We perused two in our recent trip: one large and one small, but each had its own highlights.
At the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, I stood in awe of this Olympic gold medal from the ancient games.
According to the museum’s website, the Dervein Papyrus here is the oldest surviving book in Europe, enduring because it was charred in a fire. Dating to 340 BC, it consists of theology and philosophy. What else? It’s from Greece.
Inside the smaller Archaeological Museum of Corinth, there were phenomenal pieces of sculpture and art, like this marble garment. A nearby quarry provided the raw material.
Dozens of the iconic black and terra cotta pottery in all shapes and sizes stood on shelves there. Many were from burial sites; Romans destroyed homes and their contents when they took over the area. But they left the Temple of Apollo, because they worshipped the same god.
Mosaics depicted mythical scenes. Others formed borders for walkways.
This small sculpture intrigued me because it still showed some paint. I’d assumed all statues were white.
A small model of a circle game, horses pulling children in a small carriage, and a metal wagon showed that people of all times have pondered youth. Perhaps they also took their sons and daughters to museums, educating them in the Arts…until the next army overran the country.