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Through historic artworks and objects brought together in the UK for the first time, to the latest scientific research, Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom will reveal how curiosity and investigation were central to the Ancient Greek understanding of the universe, as they are for scientists today. For Ancient Greek philosophers, who defined themselves as ‘lovers of wisdom’, art, science and religion were inseparable. As they sought to understand the world around them and question its workings, they turned to the gods and Muses for intellectual inspiration. From the bright stars in the night sky to the multitude of animals in the sea, Ancient Greek curiosity knew few bounds. Among the exhibition highlights, visitors will discover elaborate jewellery adorned with images of Athena, goddess of wisdom, and the Muses, intricately decorated fish plates echoing Aristotle’s classification of marine animals, and a celestial globe which mapped the known constellations. Medical tools will reveal how Ancient Greek physicians like Hippocrates studied the human body, while the mathematics of music as conceptualised by Pythagoras will be explored through recordings of the aulos and interactive displays.

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Science Museum

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, Greater London SW7 2DD England

0870 870 4868

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