published 12.16.2015

Gods and Mortals at Olympus Media Kit

by Onassis Foundation USA

Curated by Dimitrios Pandermalis, president of the Acropolis Museum and director of the excavations at Dion since 1973, Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus offers public access to Dion’s daily, cultural, and religious life. These works, never before seen in the USA, are a selection from the thousands of artifacts that have been unearthed at the site in the course of forty years of systematic and scientific archaeological excavation. Images and videos of the city’s ruins and natural landscapes will immerse the visitor in the natural backdrop of the artifacts, and bring the ancient city of Dion to life. The exhibition is accompanied by public programs for all ages and interests.

Excerpt: From March 24 through June 18, visitors to the Onassis Cultural Center NY will be able to:

  • view an exclusive exhibition of rare ancient artifacts from Olympus—some never before displayed to the public—curated by Dr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum, Athens, and Director of Excavations at Dion on Mount Olympus
  • explore the sights and sounds of the landscape on Mount Olympus
  • learn about the lives of the people who have dwelled on its slopes
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March 22, 2016 Release

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Supplementary Documents

A detailed, credited list of 18 exhibition artifacts.

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Image Sheet

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An introduction to Gods and Mortals at Olympus by Dr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, President of the Acropolis Museum, Athens and Director of Excavations at Dion on Mount Olympus.

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Exhibition Introduction

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Excerpt: Although people in antiquity associated Zeus and his reign with several ancient locales, very early tradition identified the highest peak in Greece, Mount Olympus, as the habitation of the gods. Located in the northern range that separates Thessaly from Macedonia, the 9,500-foot-high Mount Olympus may have been the site of an altar to Zeus as early as the tenth century BCE.

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Ancient Dion

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Excerpt: Programs are designed to appeal to visitors of all ages. All programs are open to the public free of charge. For information, reservations (where required) and schedule updates, the public is invited to visit onassisusa.org/dion. Reservations begin April 1.

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Public Programs Release

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Excerpt: The Onassis Cultural Center NY presents three contemporary art installations in conjunction with the exhibition Gods and Mortals at Olympus: Ancient Dion, City of Zeus. 

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Contemporary Art

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Earlier Releases

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February 10, 2016 Release

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December 16, 2015 Release

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Biographies

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Dr. Dimitrios Pandermalis, Exhibition Curator and President, Acropolis Museum, Athens

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Aristides Baltas, Minister of Culture and Sports, Greece

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Anthony Papadimitriou, President, Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation

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Amalia Cosmetatou, Executive Director, Onassis Foundation USA

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