29 November 2012 - Every weekday, until further notice
Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, has a rich archaeological and cultural tradition dating back more than ten thousand year. Legend has it that Aphrodite, the mythical goddess of love and beauty, was born in the waters off the coast of Cyprus.
2012 marks the 50th anniversary of the passing of Professor James Stewart, who excavated on the island before and after the Second World War and developed the Nicholson Museum’s collection of over 1500 Cypriot items, but the legacy of Australian archaeological investigations on the island continues today. Fieldwork projects by Australian universities continue, including the Nicholson Museum sponsored excavations at Nea Paphos; the Hellenistic-Roman capital of the island.
This exhibition will celebrate the Cypriot archaeological collections of the Nicholson Museum, and explore the stories of the Australian researchers who have investigated the island’s history.
Exhibition principal sponsor: Beirut Hellenic Bank. Exhibition supporters: High Commission of the Republic of Cyprus, Cyprus Community of New South Wales and Cyprus Hellene Club Ltd.
The exhibition forms part of the celebrations of the Cyprus Presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2012.
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