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Byzantium Exhibition Presented at Washington, D.C. Museum in 2013

A big exhibition about the Byzantium era will be presented in a Washington, D.C. museum in 2013, including exhibits which will come from the three biggest museums of Greece (Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, Museum of Byzantine Culture of Thessaloniki and Benaki Museum), but also from ephorates of Byzantine antiquities. The exhibition will be also presented in one more U.S. city for which the Greek Ministry of Culture and Tourism is still negotiating. The exhibition will promote the Greek element of the Byzantium era and will be structured on a chronological canvas, which covers the whole Byzantine period (330-1453).  It allows the parallel development of special subjects of particular interest, such as the assimilation of the ancient Greek art, the contribution of the Greek texts in the development of education, the codification of the post-Roman legislation, the place of woman in the Byzantine community, etc. The exhibition aims at the “navigation” of the visitor to specific centers of the Byzantine empire, such as Thessaloniki, Athens, Theva, Arta, Korinthos, Mystras, Rhodes and Crete. The trip back to time which is succeeded through the exhibition is oriented by two major aspects of the empire: the Greek language as means of culture and memory and the dialogue between empire’s power and the church. The exhibition will last until spring of 2013.  Regarding its organization, there is a twelve-member committee in which voluntarily participate the Director of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, the Director of Byzantine and post-Byzantine antiquities, the directors of the three museums, professors and other members of the Ministry. The cost of the exhibition will be covered by sponsors, one of which is OPAP. The sponsorships exclusively cover the cost of the exhibition, which includes the transfer of the exhibits, the constructions needed for the adaption of the exhibits in the museums, the cost of the research concerning the Greek museums that have been chosen and their exhibits, the maintenance of some of the exhibits, the expenses regarding the legal actions needed and the creation of a bilingual scientific catalogue.

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