The greatest exhibition on Ancient Olympia to be internationally presented, is being transferred to Qatar, after its presentation in Berlin. The exhibition will be launched on March 27 by the Deputy Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, Culture and Sports, Costas Tzavaras.
The exhibition, Olympic Games: Past and Present, includes more than 600 exhibits from several museums of Greece and Europe, from the Antiquities Collection of Berlin National Museums, the Vatican Museum, the Archaeological Museum of Rome, the Louvre and the archaeological collections of Dresden and Munich. Among them are some findings from the recent excavations in Olympia.
The exhibition after being presented at the Museum of the Olympic Games and Sports in Qatar (until June 30), will also be hosted by the Athens National Archaeological Museum until December 2013.
In the first section, the exhibition is divided into three themes. The first one shows, with exhibits from the sanctuary of Olympia and wider area of Elis, the history of the sanctuary of Olympia. At the same time, there is a connection to the city, the region of Elis, and other cities of the Peloponnese.
The second section highlights the history of the survey, one of the first surveys of the French as the great excavation of the German Archaeological Institute in 1875. New excavating methods as well as the technology’s contribution are also presented.
The last section of the exhibition presents athleticism as a key element of the lifestyle in ancient Greece. The ideal of the physically taut man is highlighted as well. This part of the exhibition gives emphasis on the role of antiquity and athleticism renaissance effort, while it also highlights the values and ideals of the modern Olympic Games.