NIght view of the Parthenon Gallery (photo up). / Magic sphere with the god Helios, a lion and astral, magical, alchemistic and allegorical symbols. 2nd–3rd cents. AD (NAM 2260) First floor, north wing exhibition: “Athens and Rome” (photo down)

Astral Divinities: Images, beliefs, cult

Saturday, 16 May - Sunday, 24 May, 2015

The stars, Selene (the moon) and Helios (the sun), played a special role in ordering time, in the beliefs of people, and in understanding the place of humankind in the universe. The ancient Greeks gave human form to celestial bodies and a daily course above the earth in chariots or on horses. In Pheidian art, depictions of astral divinities find their most sublime expression, bestowing a cosmic setting for celebrated events. With the sculptures of the Parthenon as a focus and using rich visual materials, visitors will have the opportunity to talk with the Museum’s Archaeologist-Hosts about the diverse and fascinating world of the stars and their presence on the monuments of the Acropolis.

The gallery talk 'Astral Divinities: Images, beliefs, cult' is part of the program Alternating Gallery Talks of the Acropolis Museum and it is organized on the occassion of the event 'European Night of Museum'. Due to high demand, the same gallery talk will be offered for free to the visitors of the Museum from 22 May to 24 May 2015.

Useful Information

Greek: Saturday 16 May 2015, at 8:30 p.m. & 10:30 p.m. / Friday 22 May 2015, at 7 p.m. & 9 p.m. / Saturday 23 May 2015, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m. / Sunday 24 May 2015, at 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.
Duration: 40 minutes
Participation is limited to 35 visitors per session.
The entrance is free.
Coupons are available everyday on a first-in first-served basis. For further details, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance.
Meeting point: Information Desk