Archaeological Museum

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Why the National
Archaeological Museum
in Athens is special

It houses the world's finest collection of Greek antiquities, spanning prehistoric to Byzantine times. The National Archaeological Museum's primary strengths are sculpture and pottery.

National Archaeological Museum
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Naming controversies

Two of the National Archaeological Museum's treasures are wrapped in naming controversy:

Statue of Poseidon (see photo)

Most scholars in Greece believe the right hand was holding a trident, therefore the subject is Poseidon. Other experts think the object was a lightning bolt, therefore he's Zeus. You decide.

Death Mask
of Agamemnon

Its 19th-century discoverer Heinrich Schliemann was certain that the subject of this Mycenaean masterpiece was the monarch Agamemnon. Today's archaeologists say that chronological dating proves that the subject lived in Mycenae on the Peloponnesus Peninsula of Greece before (and therefore could not possibly be) Agamemnon.

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