Alexander the Great Goes to France!

A major exhibition entitled “In the Kingdom of Alexander the Great – Ancient Macedonia” will be hosted at the famous “Louvre” from October 2011 until January 2012.

The gold wreath of oak, excavated in 2008 with the chronological order of excavations will be set in front of the main entrance of the French museum. The exhibition will be open to the public from the 11th of October, at 4:00 p.m.

This exhibition at the Louvre aims to show the public the art of Northern Greece, a unique heritage that was not truly revealed until 1977, with the discovery of the tomb of Philip II, father of Alexander the Great.

Nearly 500 works will be presented there, tracing the complex history of ancient Macedonia, from the 15th century BC to the imperial Roman era.

This exhibition will explore aspects of the Macedonian civilization such as artistic output, the organization of the kingdom, education, the world of men and women, religion and death.

The exhibition unfolds in 9 sections, starting from the history of excavations in Macedonia since the 19th century and the French archaeologist Leon Eze, who discovered the Palace of Goats, to the 21st century. Emphasis will be on the classical period of Alexander I, grandfather of Alexander the Great.

Many events have been organized at the Louvre with the International Conference on Ancient Macedonia as the top event from the 2nd to the 4th of December with a 55-minute film about Alexander the Great and recent excavations. The exhibition will come to an end on 16th January 2012.


  1. This is an excellent exhibition held in the Louvre’s famous Ancient Greek and Roman Antiquities section.


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