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Collection Highlights

The Greek and Roman collections span the period from about 3000 BC to AD 400. In material and scale the objects range from engraved seal-stones, with minute designs that can hardly be seen by the naked eye, to colossal marble figures; from intricately painted fired clay vessels to precisely chiselled monumental inscriptions; from tactile small bronze panthers to imposing stone sarcophagi. They were found throughout the Greek and Roman world, from Alexandria to the Rhine, from Palestine and Syria to Cambridge. Some items were donated or bequeathed by members of the University of Cambridge, or collectors seeking a permanent home for their treasured possessions; others were allocated to the University from excavations, or occasionally purchased.  

The Greek and Roman collections are displayed in Galleries 21 and 24


  • Material Cultures in Public Engagement

    This project seeks to contribute to the advancement of public archaeology as a theoretical discipline as well as a practice within Museums, and to further define the relationship between archaeology and the public.

  • The Lansdowne Relief

    The Lansdowne Relief is the Department of Antiquity’s newest acquisition, although it has been on loan to the Museum since 2004 and on display in the Greek and Roman Gallery since 2010.