'Heracles to Alexander the Great' exhibition at Oxford's Ashmolean Museum

A major exhibition titled "Heracles to Alexander the Great: Treasures from the Royal Capital o Macedon, a Hellenic Kingdom in the Age of Democracy" opens next week at Oxford University's Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology.

This major exhibition will showcase the treasures of Aegae, the royal capital of the kingdom of Macedon.

More than 500 extraordinary new discoveries from the royal tombs of Aegae will go on display for the very first time at the Ashmolean. These magnificent objects trace the rise of power of the governing Temenids, descendants of Heracles and the ruling dynasty of Alexander the Great, and focus on the roles of the kings and queens, and their immediate court, according to the museum.

Aegae was unknown before its discovery at the modern village of Vergina, in northern Greece, 30 years ago. Since then, excavations have revealed a startling wealth of objects, from intricately crafted gold jewellery to glass perfume bottles and clay busts. This exhibition will feature the reconstruction of four burial tombs, displaying the recent finds of gold and silver treasure for the first time anywhere in the world, the Ashmolean added.

The main goal of the exhibition is to promote the evolution of the Macedonian kingdom and the era of Alexander the Great. Alexander the Great is believed to be a descendant of the mythical hero, Hercules. The exhibition is co-organized with the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the IZ Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.

The exhibition opens on April 7, and will run through August 29.


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