The second exhibition in a series of temporary exhibitions at the Acropolis Museum, titled “Oracle of Dodona,” kicks off on June 20 and runs through to January 20. The display casts light on the oldest Greek oracle, that of Dodona, tracing the way it functioned, its role and its importance in the ancient world while also showcasing the human need to predict the future.
The site of Dodona during the Bronze Age includes clay and bronze architects that show the identity of the first inhabitants who practiced the primitive cult of Mother Earth and established the cult of Zeus. In fact, Zeus has a predominant presence in the sanctuary.
The central theme is the prophetic oak tree that answered agonizing questions regarding the future. Prophecies were given by priests who decoded the sounds of bronze cauldrons and the cooing of pigeons.
The excavations conducted in Dodona have brought to light thousands of questions carved in metal sheets of lead. Some questions concern matters of trade, debts, assets, court decisions, health, fertility, upcoming marriage, dowries and widowhood and are presented in a separate unit of the exhibition. From the dedications in the sanctuary parts of bronze statues, parts of armory, swords and part of their suspensions, dedications from those who benefited from the gods or invoked their help are also displayed. Moreover, characteristic coins highlight the political aspect of the Oracle and its connection with Pyrros, the King of Epirus. Lastly, the relationship between the city of Athens and Dodona is presented by two exhibits from the Acropolis Museum.
The exhibition is accompanied with a scientific catalogue of the items on display. On a big screen of the exhibition area a video presentation will provide information about the Oracle and the natural environment surrounding it. During the exhibition, the restaurant of the museum will offer delicacies from the region of Ioannina.
Tickets to the temporary exhibition are at 3 euros. The Acropolis Museum is at D. Areopagitou Street, at the foot of the Acropolis.