The Ring of Theseus (Expired)

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The Ring of Theseus

The Ring of Theseus, a 15th century BC creation depicting the popular Minoan bull-leaping scene on its bezel, flanked by a lion and a tree, is being presented for the first time to the Greek public at the National Archaeological Museum. The exhibit is part of the Unseen Museum programme, which will be displaying unknown masterpieces from the storehouse of the Altar Hall every two months.

The Mycenaean signet ring from the Acropolis was discovered by chance in the earth deposits during excavations near the Anafiotika Houses (at the foot of the Acropolis hill).

The legend of Theseus’ defeat of the Minotaur is well known, but there is also another story, in which King Minos throws a ring into the sea and challenges Theseus to retrieve it. It is this second story that serves as the inspiration for the ring’s name.

National Archaeological Museum – Altar Hall

Monday, 12 January – Monday, 9 March


Additional Info

Date: Monday, 12 January 2015
End Date: Monday, 09 March 2015
Categories: Exhibitions
Address: Patision 44
District: Central Athens
Phone: 213 21 44 891

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