On Alexander's tracks. From Seleucia to the Gandhara

Turin, Palazzo Madama, 27 February – 27 May 2007

This project aims, by projecting the situation of Seleucia into the wider context of the provinces of the Parthian empire, to study in depth a phase in the history of the Middle East and Asia with which the public by and large is not familiar. This phase is dominated by historic events of notable importance for the evolution of our civilization, above all the effects of long distance trade. The exhibition provides a unique opportunity to observe findings from Seleucia that are mostly unknown (terracotta, ceramics, coins, metal or glass objects), recently acquired by the Museo Civico d'Arte Antica of Turin at the conclusion of the hand-over made by the Centro Ricerche Archeologiche e Scavi di Torino. The culture of the Parthian empire will be illustrated with objets d’art and craftwork from great museums such as the Louvre, the British Museum, the Vorderasiatisches Museum of Berlin and the Kelsey Museum of Ann Arbor (U.S.A.). The visit explores several themes which highlight different aspects of life at Seleucia and offers a well presented selection of artifacts from various sources.

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