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A Numismatic Itinerary Through the Peloponnese

The Ephorate of Antiquities of Arkadia, the Benaki Museum, the Social & Cultural Affairs Welfare Foundation (KIKPE) and the Michail N. Stassinopoulos – Viohalco Public-Benefit Foundation organized a temporary exhibition under the title “Memory and Impression: An itinerary through the Peloponnese in the company of ancient coins”, held in the Archaeological Museum of Tegea (Alea Tegeas) and in the MSVF Cultural Center, Building B (Stadio Tegeas).

Archaeological Museum of Tegea, exhibition view. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

Archaeological Museum of Tegea, exhibition view. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

This is the first temporary exhibition housed in the Archaeological Museum of Tegea, which in 2016 received a special commendation among the European Museum of the Year Awards.

AE coin, Tegea, ca. 250 BC. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Tegea, ca. 250 BC. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AR triobol, Arkadian issue, 5th century BC. Benaki Museum. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AR triobol, Arkadian issue, 5th century BC. Benaki Museum. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

 AR triobol, Megalopolis in the name of the Arkadian Koinon, ca. 330-275 BC. Benaki Museum. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AR triobol, Megalopolis in the name of the Arkadian Koinon, ca. 330-275 BC. Benaki Museum. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Kleomenes III (235–222 BC), Sparta, ca. 223-222 BC. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Kleomenes III (235–222 BC), Sparta, ca. 223-222 BC. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Patrae under Claudius (41–54 AD). KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Patrae under Claudius (41–54 AD). KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Gytheion in the name of Geta, ca. 202-204/5 AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Gytheion in the name of Geta, ca. 202-204/5 AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

Marble votive relief, dedicated to the Dioscuri, late 2nd century AD. Archaeological Museum of Tegea. Image: Ephorate of Antiquities of Arkadia.

Marble votive relief, dedicated to the Dioscuri, late 2nd century AD. Archaeological Museum of Tegea. Image: Ephorate of Antiquities of Arkadia.

AE coin, Corinth in the name of Lucius Verus, 161-169 AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Corinth in the name of Lucius Verus, 161-169 AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Sardeis in the name of Marciana (sister of Trajan), 112? AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE coin, Sardeis in the name of Marciana (sister of Trajan), 112? AD. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE medal, engraved by Alphée Dubois (after Nicolas Poussin), 1872. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

AE medal, engraved by Alphée Dubois (after Nicolas Poussin), 1872. KIKPE Numismatic Collection. Image: Savvas Avramidis (KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Athens).

“Et in Arcadia ego”, painting by Nicolas Poussin, ca. 1637-1638. Image: Wikimedia Commons.)

“Et in Arcadia ego”, painting by Nicolas Poussin, ca. 1637-1638. Image: Wikimedia Commons.)

How memory functions? What is imprinted on the collective consciousness? How a myth goes beyond its birthplace? What is deeply engraved upon the collective imaginary through art and continues to have an appeal in time and what just survives in an area of impressions? Is the genius loci of a territory telling for the people who live in it and how such examples define a broader region (in this case the Peloponnese) as a whole? How the spirit of a place is transformed by being relocated in a sphere of utopia? In a journey from place to non-place, Arcadia (as a name and a poetic vehicle) maintained through the ages fundamental values: a desire for harmony and righteousness, a return to nature and to a simple way of life, a longing for paradise.

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Archaeological Museum of Tegea

The display comprises71 exhibits arranged in two major axes and in five thematic units.

Intentional narratives

  • Myth and memory. The local mythical and historical tradition is traced: The goddess Athena giving a lock of hair of Medusa to Kepheus and Sterope; the Tegean hero Telephos, the son of Herakles and Auge, suckling a doe; Artemis, the goddess of hunting, and Kallisto, the mother of Arkas; Pelops, who came from Asia Minor.
  • Collective memory in the Peloponnese beyond the boundaries of the poleis. The two major attempts of interlocal political entities in the Peloponnese, the Arkadian Koinon and the Achaean League, are highlighted.
  • Invoking memory: the Peloponnese during the imperial times. Showcased is how local elites continued to promote the ancient glory of each city, in alignment also with the imperial directives. Eloquent examples are presented such as a coin issue of Corinth with the sepulchral monument of Lais the courtesan and a coin issue of Mantineia struck for Antinoos by a certain Vetourios.
  • The end of an era and the beginning of a new one. By connecting a honorary inscription for a consul named Roufos (who apparently resisted a Gothic invasion in late 4th century AD) with the evidence of coins, some light is shed on less known aspects of a world in transition.

Exchanges

Fourteen selected sculptures in the permanent exhibition of the Museum were placed in dialogue with seventeen coins bearing same or similar iconographic types. Striking is the resemblance of the heroic figure on an issue of Tegea with the figure of Echemos, the Tegean king, on a relief. Notable is also the affinity of the Dioscuri on an issue of Gytheion with these twin brothers on a Tegean relief or of the head of Asklepios on a coin of Epidauros with a sculpture of the healing god.

MSVF Cultural Center

The second section of the exhibition was based mainly on visual (photographic) and documentary material structured in three narrative units: The genius loci in the Peloponnese, Peloponnesian memories beyond the Peloponnese, Arcadia as utopia through the ages.

The notion of Arcadia as a eu-topia (a locus amoenus or a paradise lost) is followed through the ages.

The two exhibition areas were interlinked by two copies of the same medal produced by A. Dubois (1870s), modelled after the celebrated painting Et in Arcadia ego by Nicolas Poussin (1630s).

  • Exhibition curators: Dr. Anna Vasiliki Karapanagiotou, Director of the National Archaeological Museum (Athens), Yannis Stoyas, Keeper/Curator, KIKPE Numismatic Collection (Athens).
  • Architectural museography design: Thomas Tsoukalas (Thessaloniki).
  • Working team: Stelios Damigos, KIKPE Numismatic Collection, Dr. Olga Kaklamani, KIKPE Numismatic Collection), Evangelia Argyropoulou, Ephorate of Antiquities of Arkadia.

Photography & audiovisual media: Savvas Avramidis.

A bilingual (Greek and English) catalogue has been published for this exhibition in 2022.

The exhibition is on display at the Archaeological Museum of Tegea until 30 June 2023.

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