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Exhibitions

Ancient Olympics Exhibition

Dates

21 May-17 October

Location

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge

Details

The ancient Greeks held many religious festivals, and athletic contests were an integral part of these. The best known was held every four years at Olympia.

This exhibition uses casts and objects from the Museum's collection to show how Greek life was shaped by a competitive culture, of which the ancient Olympic games are the most famous example.

Admission free

http://www.classics.cam.ac.uk/museum/whatson/exhibition/

 

Fit Bodies: Statues, Athletes and Power Exhibition

Dates

1 June - 15 September: museum opening hours.

Location

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, UCL, Malet Place.

Details

Fit Bodies takes an alternate view of physical fitness. This exhibition problematises traditional views around the ideal physical body in ancient Greek and Egyptian sculpture and the idea of an athletic body today. Fit Bodies also explores how the role of fitness has changed in society, for example the Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs had to prove their fitness every 30 years in Sed festival; although today such physical prowess is not expected from our political leaders, arguably we prefer tall and slim Prime Ministers / Presidents.

A thought provoking exhibition that is provocative in a positive way around athletics and athletic bodies incorporationg creative responses from UCL students.

Audience

General public

 

Medicine and the Olympic Games of Antiquity

Date

1 June - 20 July

Location

Library of the Royal Society of Medicine

1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

Tel +44 (0) 20 72902940

Details

Highlights include:

  • a high definition digital copy of the Oxyrhynchus BM1185 verso Papyrus fragment (courtesy of the British Library) listing ancient Olympian Victors
  • the case of the gout sufferer who raced and won the olive wreath at Olympia (according to Aretaeus)
  • the case of the boy Hysmon who overcame his neurological disorder and became a victorious pentathlete (according to Pausanias)
  • the medical consequences of the bad dream of the wrestler Myron of Ephesus (according to Rufus of Ephesus)
  • Galen's ointment of the Olympic Victor

A commentary on the exhibits is available in booklet form at the exhibition and may be downloaded here.

More information is available on the website below:

http://www.rsm.ac.uk/librar/index.php

It is open to all, free of charge, on display Mondays to Fridays.

The First Modern Olympic Games, Athens 1896

Dates

3 July - 10 August

Location

Hellenic Centre
16-18 Paddington Street
Marleybone

Details

An exhibition of rare photographs from the archives of the Benaki and National Historical Museums of Athens depicting the very first Modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896. These rarely seen images depict the Games, from the Stadium's restoration right through to the Winners' Parade during Award - Giving Ceremony and the Closing of the Games.

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday, 4pm-6pm.

Morning school visits welcome; by appointment only. For late evening and weekend openings call 020 7487 5060.

Organised by the Hellenic Centre in celebration of the 2012 Olympics.

Sponsored by the Hellenic Foundation.

 

Stadia: Sport and Vision in Architecture

Dates

6 July - 22 September

Location

Sir John Soane's Museum

Audience

Open to the Public