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"Gods and Mortals on Olympus: Dion, the city of Zeus" in New York


At the Onassis Cultural Center in New York traveled 90 rare antiquities from Dion, to be presented for the first time to the American public.

On the northern foothills of Olympus dominates Dion, the sacred place of Zeus in this region.

Its existence is attested in Thucydides, while Dion Chrysostom, says that Philip and Alexander celebrated their victories in Dion with splendid sacrifices to Zeus and the Muses.

The city was destroyed, burned, looted, invasions leave it with deep wounds while the floods of Vafyra River, earthquakes and time will cover with oblivion the city that finally was abandoned in the 5th century. A.D.

The residents moved to safer areas in the foothills of Mount Olympus.

Fifteen centuries later, in 1928, excavations started in Dion.

They continue and spend their more brilliant period since 1973 by archaeologist Dimitris Pantermalis and the University of Thessaloniki.

More than 90 archaeological treasures from Dion, began their journey from the residence of the Gods to reach the heart of New York to be exhibited in the exhibition organized by the affiliated Onassis Foundation in the US and the University Excavation Dion, in cooperation with the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sport - Antiquities Pieria entitled: Gods and Mortals Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Jupiter (Gods and Mortals Olympus at: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus).

The exhibition explores the relationship between daily life in the ancient city, which was built on the foothills of Mount Olympus and the mythological home of the Gods on top.

Within a seductive backdrop are included more than 90 exhibits -amongst them, mosaics, sculptures, jewelery, ceramics, coins, glassware and tools-, which date from the 10th century. B.C. to the 4th century. A.D.

None of these items has not been exposed to the US before.
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