Splendors Of The Dead

Garry Wills writes: ‘Twenty-one Greek museums and four North American museums have cooperated to collect over five hundred artifacts from Ancient Greece in an extraordinary exhibition called “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great.” The show went first to Canada (Montreal, then Ottawa), where it had 280,000 visitors. It is now on view at the Field Museum in Chicago, in a series of superbly lit rooms, and will continue to Washington, D.C., in May.’ Pictured is a gold “mask of Agamemnon” from Mycenae, sixteenth century BC, in a a nineteenth-century replica by Émile Gilliéron.

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