Splendors of the Dead by Garry Wills | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

“The extraordinary exhibition ‘The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great’ shows the extent to which the immensely privileged eased themselves into the afterlife with much of the booty that had cushioned their time on earth. It seems they aimed at taking along enough symbols of power and wealth to get whatever passes for honor in the underworld.” If you’re in a position to see this magnificent collection I’m jealous! It will be at the Field Museum in Chicago through April 10, and in May will be at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.

Source: Splendors of the Dead by Garry Wills | NYR Daily | The New York Review of Books

“Athenian Wealth: Millions of Silver Coins Stored in Parthenon Attic” – Yahoo News

A reminder of the great wealth and power of the ancient Greeks. Modern Greece could really use a treasure like this about now!

Athenian Wealth: Millions of Silver Coins Stored in Parthenon Attic – Yahoo News.

"Millions of silver tetradrachms (like the example shown here at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon) may have been kept in the attic of the Parthenon. "

“Millions of silver tetradrachms (like the example shown here at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon) may have been kept in the attic of the Parthenon. “