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Fri 22 June - Sun 30 September 2012
The exhibition addresses a wide array of questions about the understanding of space in the ancient cultures of the wider Mediterranean region. Even in antiquity, man would observe his living environment, adapt himself to the natural conditions it imposed and shape it according to his needs. Through the development of writing he was able to create new forms of organisation, preserve and pass on knowledge and archive information.
Precise knowledge of natural phenomena is reflected in the observation of the heavens, as early records from the Near East, Egypt and Europe show. A central section of the exhibition presents the mapping of the world, which reflects concrete transcription of geographical knowledge in the form of text and illustration. More than 400 objects create a panorama of the journeys of the gods, physical and spiritual realms, curses, oracles, even sound spaces, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the lived reality of antiquity.
An exhibition from the Excellence Cluster Topoi in cooperation with the National Museums in Berlin.
Staatliche Museen zu Berlin