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Offline Figleaf

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Coins Exhibition of Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India
« on: March 13, 2014, 06:27:38 PM »
Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India Through Coins Exhibition
Nikoleta Kalmouki - Mar 10, 2014

The Greek Numismatic Museum, in collaboration with Alpha Bank, is presenting “The Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India” through an exhibition of their coin collection, which opens on March 11 at the Ilion Melathron, the Numismatic Museum’s headquarters in central Athens, Greece.
 
The Greco-Bactrian and Indo Greek Kingdoms flourished during the Hellenistic Period, almost one century after the death of Alexander the Great in 323 BC, covering parts of current India and Afghanistan. It is an exhibition of high interest as our knowledge of these kingdoms is based on few references in classical texts.  Although Indo-Greek literature did exist, there is no text referring to Greco-Bactrian or Indo-Greek states. Moreover, classical authors tell us very little about these kingdoms as they were far away from the Mediterranean region and cut off from the main part of ancient Greece.

Only numismatic evidence reveals the existence of Greek states in the area. The exhibition includes coins with Greek writing, symbols and images that survived through the centuries.

Prior to the exhibition’s opening there will be a lecture by Dr. Osmund Bopearachchi, professor at the University of Sorbonne and Berkeley, and director of the Archaeology Department-Hellenism and Eastern Cultures, at the French National Research Foundation (CNRS-ENS).

Source: Greek reporter
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Re: Coins Exhibition of Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2014, 06:58:00 PM »
That would be a nice exhibition to attend this weekend ! Unfortunately Athens is a bit far.
It is however a good thing that the Greeks give some attention to a part of their history which in the past was better known to Indian people than Greek !

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Re: Coins Exhibition of Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2014, 07:08:06 PM »
Museums really need to get with the time and start thinking about having Virtual Tours and high-resolution images of their exhibits.  Not everyone can visit a museum or a timed exhibit.  I, for one, wouldn't mind a mandatory donation to virtually tour a museum...
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Re: Coins Exhibition of Greek Kingdoms of Bactria and India
« Reply #3 on: March 14, 2014, 09:50:53 PM »
Free public tours is like turkeys voting for Christmas and paid tours would be hard to enforce with armies of hackers trying to get in free and publishing password algorithms. I checked the museum publications, but found nothing on this exhibition. An illustrated catalogue of the exhibition and the text of Bopearachchi's speech would have been nice...

You can petition Bopearachchi. His email addy is here.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.