An exhibition entitled Leaving a Mark on History – Treasures from Greek Museums is on at the National Archaeological Museum in Sofia from November 8 2013 until February 9 2014.
The exhibition is intended to introduce visitors to the material and spiritual achievements of the Hellenic culture, from prehistoric times until the 19th century, a media statement said.
It is being held in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens and the Numismatic Museum in the Greek capital city.
The exhibition is divided into six thematic sections revealing some of the most important aspects of life in ancient Greece of lasting significance for modern European culture.
These sections deal with topics including the prehistoric period, the important role of the sea as regards the commercial, political, economic and spiritual supremacy of the Greeks in antiquity, the contribution of Hellenic society to the establishment of democracy, the Olympic ideal, and historic events of universal significance that left a durable trace in history.
These latter events include the prolonged Persian wars in the first quarter of the 5th century BCE, and rulers who had the potential and power to accomplish military, administrative and socio-political reforms, marking important historical processes in the southeastern Mediterranean – Philip II, Alexander III the Great, Julius Caesar, Octavian Augustus, Septimius Severus, Constantine I the Great.
The sixth section consists of items used in the religious life from the ancient Dodecatheon (12 gods) to the spread of Christianity. The exhibits give an idea about religious faith and worship which represent the most important aspects of private and public life from antiquity until the fall of Constantinople in 1453.