MYTH AND COINAGE

NUMISMATIC MUSEUM
THE USE OF THE MYTH
15 April - 27 November 2011
The use and the promotion of myth, as a means of expressing the official ideology, find fertile ground on coins, objects directly associated with the public authority.

This relationship between myth and coinage in antiquity is elaborated in the thematic sections which pertain to nature and myth, the foundation myths of cities, the patron deity, the local myths and their variations, the myths on the origins of kings, the mythology surrounding Alexander the Great, and the identification of rulers with gods and heroes. Separate sections deal with the revival of mythological iconographic themes in Europe and Greece in modern times either to promote an illustrious past or in order to describe current events arrayed in the aura of myth.

The Exhibition at the Numismatic Museum presents 135 coins, 22 medals and 15 banknotes from its collections, 15 coins from the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection, 14 ancient artifacts from the collections of the National Archaeological Museum and 2 paintings from the National Gallery.

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