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Thu, May. 27th, 2010, 02:05 pm
niangao: Must-see Alexander artifacts in/around Athens?

I'll be traveling to Athens for the first time next month, and I know that I'll just be overwhelmed by all the amazing places and things there is to see.

Are there any particular Alexander or Hephaestion artifacts (or sights), big or small, in or around Athens that I should be on the lookout for? I would hate to miss something must-see. Thanks!

Thu, May. 27th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)

Within Athens itself I'm not aware of much. There's at least one Alexander bust in the National Archaeological Museum, and one in the Acropolis Museum (which I haven't seen, the museum was just being completed when I visited).

How long are you there for/were you thinking of travelling far?? If you could, it would really be worth it to go up to Thessalonike and Vergina (and Pella, despite the motorway running through it). :)

Fri, May. 28th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)

Thanks! I'll keep a lookout for those two busts.

Unfortunately this trip is a bit last-minute, so we're only going to be in Athens for a few days + the '4 day classical tour' to Delphi, Olympia, Meteora, etc.

I definitely hope I'll get to visit Greece again though, and be able to see Northern Greece :)

Fri, May. 28th, 2010 09:54 pm (UTC)

I'm so jealous! Delphi is fantastic, the nearest thing I've had to a religious experience. And Meteora is pretty exciting, in one of the monasteries there is a painting/mural of some saint finding the skeleton of Alexander and wondering at how even the greatest men crumble to dust in the end. This really made me laugh. I'm sure you'll have fun!

Sat, May. 29th, 2010 12:25 am (UTC)

LOL neat, I'll be on the lookout for that mural too :D

Thanks again! I'm sure it'll be amazing.