The most important classical Greek cultural event for many years comes to Oxford: 550 treasures from the palaces and royal burial tombs in the city of Aegae (modern Vergina) create a vivid portrait of the Macedonian civilisation that produced Alexander the Great.The Temenid kings, descendants of the mythical Heracles (Hercules) ruled Macedon from the mid-7th to the 4th century BC, and the tombs of two of their great leaders " Philip II and his grandson Alexander IV " provide the focus for the exhibition's exploration of the male culture of war, hunting and religion. Sculptures, weapons and battle scenes are presented alongside jewellery and perfume vessels found in the tombs of the royal women, while palace life is reflected in the fabulous silver tableware used for banqueting .The massive site of Aegae is still being excavated, and some of the pieces shown here were dug up as recently as three years ago. The finds are causing great excitement among historians and archaeologists, shifting the whole focus of Greek art in the Classical period from Athens to northern Greece.

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