Gallery

Daily Life in Ancient Greece

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)

Imagine yourself in ancient Greece in the 6th and 5th centuries BC. This gallery presents an engaging visual introduction to the complexities of daily life in ancient Greek society: who they were, how they lived, and how they commemorated the dead. The 250 works on view are organized around themes such as women and the family, athletes and warriors, mourning and remembrance, and industry and exchange. The objects include works of art and everyday pieces, from finely carved marble reliefs to bone dice and a bronze fishhook. The conservation of these works involved a variety of cutting-edge methods, drawing on the latest advances in the field to update our knowledge of the ancient world. The gallery features an interactive experience that invites visitors to identify members of a wedding procession depicted on a rare ceramic vessel from 450–425 BC that was used to carry bathwater for prenuptial purification.