Return of the Gods: Zeus, Athena, Hercules will open at World Museum on 28 April 2023 and will run until 25 February 2024.
Featuring a stunning collection of sculpture and antiquities, the exhibition will immerse you in the ancient world through the words of poets, music and drama.
Exploring the legends of the gods, goddesses and mortals from Ancient Greece and Rome, and including some of the most well-known characters such as the king of the gods Zeus, Athena the goddess of wisdom and war and the hero, Hercules, the exhibition will draw you into a fascinating world where the ancient gods were an important part of everyday life.
Follow the stories of birth, love and rivalry of the Olympian gods, and explore their characters and powers. The exhibition will explain how the Greek gods were adopted by the Romans and how they were worshipped publicly and in private.
Visitors can enter a Roman villa to discover how Emperors and the Imperial families were immortalised after death, before entering a dark and ethereal space to explore the underworld in a theatrical display featuring the three-headed dog, Cerberus, guardian of the gates of Hades.
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