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Exhibition: The Often Neglected History of 'Ottoman Athens'

ottoman-athens-exhibit-of-an-often-neglected-history.w_l It is a part of Greek history often ignored or downright hated by Greeks: an exhibition currently on display at the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece, tells the story of Ottoman-era Athens. “Ottoman Athens, 1458-1833,” will run until June 30, 2015.
The exhibition’s main concept is to explore the topography, archaeology and history of Ottoman Athens, showcasing travelers’ books, works of art and topographical renderings from the Gennadius collections as well as archaeological discoveries from the excavations of the Ancient Agora.
The exhibition showcases the library’s Ottoman period collections by exploring several themes about the everyday lives of Ottoman Athens inhabitants. It also highlights the significance of the Athenian Agora excavations, which revealed the remains of the Classical-Roman-Byzantine and Ottoman city. The exhibition explores the relationship of people from the early modern period with the city of Athens juxtaposing the remains of its classical past with the customs and lifestyles of the Ottoman period; it investigates the impact of the past with people’s identities in later periods.
(source: ANSA)

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