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Ancient Macedonian artefacts coming to Rome for first time

The Vulci Foundation has signed an agreement with the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum to bring a collection of artefacts and jewelry from the era of Alexander the Great, who ruled the ancient Greek kingdom of Macedonia in the 4th century BC, to Italy for the first time ever in 2018.

Ancient Macedonian artefacts coming to Rome for first time
A funerary mask and other gold jewelry excavated in a rich ancient Macedonian cemetery is seen in the archaeological 
museum of Pella, northern Greece [Credit: AP/Petros Giannakouris]
Vulci Foundation president Carmelo Massina and scientific director Carlo Casi signed the agreement with Thessaloniki museum director Polixeni Adam-Veleni, on the heels of a strategic cooperation agreement between the museum and Rome's Archaeological Superintendency directed by Alfonsina Russo.

"For the first time in Italy an important nucleus of the treasures from the Macedonian dynasty will go on display alongside the finest examples of Etruscan culture, starting with those from Vulci," Russo said.

"We're taking the opportunity to show the differences as well as the similarities between the two distant Mediterranean shores between the 6th and the 4th centuries BC," she said.

In addition to a series of artefacts belonging to the era of Alexander the Great, there will also be a collection of priceless gold jewelry as well as Etruscan artefacts from southern Etruria.

With this initiative the Vulci Foundation is aiming to strengthen its presence as an organiser of archaeological exhibitions.

"Thanks to this international event, the Vulci Foundation is taking a step up in terms of quality on the level of cultural tourism," said Vulci Foundation president Messina.

Source: ANSA [January 13, 2017]

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