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Alternative narratives of the Greek Bicentenary

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A mixed physical and virtual display highlighting objects related with the era of the Greek Revolution (1821) and of the establishment of the new Greek state shortly after.

The display housed in the A. G. Leventis Gallery of Ancient Cyprus consists of a unique assemblage of finds from the Spartan sanctuaries, a gift from the newly established Greek state, in the decades following the Greek Revolution.
The display will highlight how the new Greek state sought to use the ancient past to both shape a national identity and create diplomatic links across Europe.

Additional virtual content of the display will include coins that reflect both the last decades of the Ottoman rule and the first decades of the Greek independence, as well as prints depicting early Western artists’ views of Greek antiquity.

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