Pericles, son of Xanthippos

Sunday, 20 June, 2010 - Monday, 31 January, 2011

‘This is a new type of exhibition introduced by the Acropolis Museum – the idea of small ‘vignette’ exhibitions that build on its permanent collection and give visitors the opportunity to understand the permanent exhibit within a richer historical context, by providing information on other related individuals and events of antiquity’.

The first temporary exhibition of the Acropolis Museum, ‘Pericles, Son of Xanthippos’, is mounted in the Museum foyer, prior to entry to the permanent collection. The exhibition presents a small number of highly significant archaeological exhibits, including a portrait of Pericles, marble reliefs, inscriptions, coins and remuneration tokens.

The exhibition provides insights into the actions and personality of the prominent and influential statesman Pericles (c. 495 – 429 BC) perhaps most known in contemporary times for his ambitious project that built most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis and the famous Parthenon sculptures that are exhibited on the Museum’s third floor Parthenon Gallery. However, Pericles also influenced dramatically the internal and external affairs, the city’s finance and social functionality, from the mid 5th century until the beginning of the Peloponnesian War.

The exhibition is curated by Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis. Dr. Themistoklis Vakoulis collaborated on the project and exhibition design is by architect Eleni Spartsis of Schema 4.