Virtual Museum of Alexander the Great on the internet
|Statue of Alexander in Istanbul Archaeology Museum [Credit: Wikimedia]|
Internationally-renowned scientists from Greece and various other European and Asian countries, as well as Turkey and the Middle East, have highlighted the findings of their research and discussed the new historical and archaeological data found in the cities of Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt, Iran and other localities, all of which were conquered by Alexander the Great.
The secretary general for the Hellenic Ministry of Education and Culture, Lina Mendoni, defined the virtual museum initiative as ”an obligation to history” adding that although there are tens of thousands of Internet sites devoted to Alexander the Great, it is not certain how reliable, objective and scientific they are.
”The Internet’s global community have many convergence points but the world created by Alexander the Great is in a way linked to him both on a conceptual and ideological level,” Mendoni said.
Superintendent and Archaeologist Angeliki Kottaridi writes, ”The network of new cities built by Alexander the Great and his successors – of which more ancient cities formed an organic part as well, thus mixing local characteristics with Hellenic elements and giving the cities a new look – constitutes a cultural and geographic horizon of the Hellenistic era and its early globalization. For the first time, a method of communication has been created that diffuses this cultural heritage. It is a new manner of understanding both the modern and the traditional, a new communal experience of human contact, a way of understanding both space and time, which is a characteristic of our modern world”.
Author: A. Papapostolou | Source: Greek Reporter [November 23, 2012]