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July 22, 2009

Seeing sculptures in a new light in the New Acropolis Museum

Posted at 12:43 pm in New Acropolis Museum

The old Acropolis Museum, despite its proximity to the Parthenon lacked life – the statues in it felt very remote from their original locations. For many people seeing the artefacts now on display in the New Acropolis Museum, these pieces gain a new vitality & vibrancy – leading people to see them in a way perhaps closer w=to how they were originally intended to be perceived.

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Acropolis Museum, Athens, Greece
By Bonnie Maffei | Published Tuesday, July 21, 2009

For about $37 a night, you can stay next to the historic Plaka district. The clean Australian-owned, air-conditioned Athens Backpackers hostel at 12 Makri Street, 11742 Athens, offers free breakfast, communal kitchen, free coffee all day, laundromat, WiFi, movies and tours. Don’t miss the RoofTop Bar. From the hostel, you can walk up to the Acropolis in 2 minutes.

The Acropolis Museum at the top of the hill houses a wealth of ancient Greek sculpture and friezes, including the graceful Goddess Athena unloosening her sandal, the leaning Athena with Spartan helmet, the standing male youths, the kouros, and the young maidens, the kore. I took in every gesture, each pattern of hair and flow of garment. Panning slowly along the Parthenon friezes, I savored the rhythms and movements of the soldiers and horsemen. I felt nourished, as if I were partaking in some cosmic feast. The work of the masters: food for the soul.