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The Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology

The Gallery

The Layout

Floor Plan of Gallery

Exhibit Descriptions

One enters the museum between two table-height cases with fabric covers. Feel free to lift these covers and discover our collection of Egyptian textiles from the Coptic and Islamic periods (AD 500-1000). Just beyond the textiles, on the left, is a Roman tombstone from Leptis Magna in North Africa. It dates to the 2nd century AD. You will also find yourself standing in front of a statue of Aphrodite and Eros (Venus and Cupid) from the Sanctuary of Aphrodite in the Roman city of Cyrene (North Africa). It probably dates to the same period as the tombstone.

Museum history (A)

Behind Aphrodite and Eros you will find a display of the history of the museum, with a reconstruction of Percy Ure's desk and one of the tombs he exavated at Rhitsona in Boeotia.

Greece and Egypt (B-C)

To the left of the Museum history are two more 'island cases' dedicated to the cultural diversity of Greece and Egypt, respectively.

Themes in Greek and Roman life (1-2, 4-9)

Take a tour around the cases on the walls of the museum to learn about life in ancient Greece and Egypt: Myth and religion; Household, Education (including music, athletics and literacy), Citizenship, Warfare, Symposium, Body beautiful and Death. You can visit these cases in any order you wish, but we particularly recommend a clockwise visit, starting with myth and religion, just to the left of Aphrodite and opposite Egypt (1 on the map).

Making Greek pots / Timeline (3)

The north wall of the museum provides background information on ancient pottery. A map showing the findspots of all of the objects in the museum (and some other important Mediterranean cities) is surrounded by displays explaining the making of Greek pottery: shapes, the potters workshop, and decoration. Beneath the map is a timeline of Egyptian, Greek, and Roman history that shows approximately when each style of pottery was made.

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