The ancient Near East was the home of the early civilizations of the Middle East that correspond to today’s Middle East and Mediterranean. The Medelhavsmuseet is focused on the collections from that part of the world. The museum was opened in 1954 when the Eygptian and Cypriot collections were combined. According to Wikipedia, “The Egyptian Museum had been created in 1928 from artifacts collected in the 18th, 19th and early 20th century while the Cyprus Collection was the result of the excavations of the Swedish Cyprus Expedition in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The Cyprus collection in the museum is the largest outside Cyprus and of great scholarly value.” Greek and Roman Collections are also part of the museum. Since I’m still learning about this region in the world, I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves. Today, Ancient Greece and Rome.
Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome are perhaps the most well known of the ancient empires of the world. Almost everyone would have heard (even if they don’t know more) about Caesar, Artistotle, Athens, Rome, Sparta, Plato, Justinian etc…
The number of documentaries about these two civilisations are endless, here are some to the larger more comprehensive ones.
It’s sometimes easy to forget that the ancient greeks felt as removed from us as they did to the Romans. The ancient greeks date back to the 9 to 12 century Before Christ, while the earliest dating of the Roman empire starts around 27 BC.
Life then was harsher than it is now, but some things are not too different.
Together, these two civilisations form a large bulk of the foundation of modern European/Caucasian society. The Greeks mooted the idea of democracy in its purest form, it gave us the concept of public rhetoric. The modern Olympics was inspired by the Olympic games in ancient Olympia.
Latin is the backbone of French, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish and Romanian languages. These are known as Romance languages. The very alphabets that you are reading this blog entry come from the latin alphabet, the names of the 7-day week, the global reach of Christianity all trace their origins to the Roman empire. Even western political systems can trace their early inspiration from the Roman one.
Unexpectedly, a museum on the Mediterranean area would naturally have artifacts from these two civilisations, here are some from the Medelhavsmuseet in Stockholm.
But still pictures and images are one thing, seeing the artifacts is another. Check out the artifacts in the museum or check out the videos (some more down here), these two ancient civilisations have been brought to life more than any other in human history.
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