"Eretria: Insights into an ancient city"

IA Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities - National Archaeological Museum


The archaeological wealth of the city of Eretria is presented for the first time in Greece through a temporary exhibition (26 April-25 August 2010) organized by the National Archaeological Museum and the IA’ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities and is an initiative of the Swiss School of Archaeology. The exhibition entitled “Eretria: Insights into an Ancient City” narrates the past of the city of Eretria and central Euboea from their origins until Late Antiquity.437 archeological findings of every kind comprise the image of this important city of Euboea and narate the history from its establishment in the 8th century b.C. until the end of antiquity and the early byzantine era when its traces gradualy vanish. The aim of the exhibition is to present in a lively and original way the life of an ancient Greek city through excavation finds, drawing reconstructions, models and video projections.

The John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation is among the main supporters of this temporary exhibition within the framework of its funding policy to support initiatives that promote the Greek Culture in Greece and abroad. Following the National Archaeological Museum, the exhibition will be presented at the Antikenmuseum Basel and Sammlung Ludwig, from September 2010 until January 2011.


Interesting facts

The illicit antiquities trade in the area of Eretria during the last quarter of the 19th century that resulted in exquisite artifacts being sold abroad, will initiate the firsts excavations in the city. The first rich findings from graves, mostly high quality ceramics and jewlery where send to the National Archaeological Museum of Greece. 

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