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¡Agón! The competition in ancient Greece

24 November 2017 - 18 February 2018

| €4

The history of ancient Greece, as we know it, is full of heroic deeds, warrior triumphs and athletic achievements. Homer’s epic, the victories of the Olympic athletes or the adventures of Heracles, all are characterized by intense competition. The competitive spirit of the ancient Greeks was present in all aspects of domestic and religious life. Rivalry and competition can be seen as negative emotions, but they can also have a positive, unifying and creative sense of a thriving culture. The Greeks believed that excellence could be attained with a balance between mind and body; through athletic ability, sought an impeccable physique, and through philosophy, science and the appreciation of the arts, cultivated the mind. This exhibition offers you an understanding of this competitive spirit in all aspects of the life of ancient Greece through a selection of treasures from the spectacular collection of the British Museum. Sculptures, coins, ceramics or jewels, with iconic pieces such as the frieze of the mausoleum of Halicarnassus, depicting the battle between the Greeks and the Amazons, a marble bust of Euripides, one of the three great poets of Greek tragedy, or statue of the Vaison Diadum, a marble sculpture of an athlete tying a ribbon on his head as a mark of his victory



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