The Patras Archaeological Museum on Tuesday opened up a third gallery to visitors, in which it presents artifacts related to public life in the port city from Mycenaean times until the period of Byzantine empire.
The objects on display illustrate customs and activities dating back to the earliest Bronze-Age settlements of Mycenaean Greece to the Hellenistic and Roman eras, ranging from statues and coins to musical instruments and mosaics.
As befits a thriving seaport, many of the artifacts in the gallery are thought to be imported from abroad. These are not just coins, jewellery, swords and other such items but also statues of foreign deities, such as the Egyptian gods Isis and Serapis, that indicate the presence of foreign influences on the city or even the existence of population groups from other areas.