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"Antioch: The Lost Ancient City"
2001-03-25 until 2001-06-03
Cleveland Museum of Art
Buried centuries ago by earthquakes, floods, and military plunder beneath the modern Turkish city of Antakya is the
ancient metropolis of Antioch, one of the cultural and political centers of the Roman Empire. Some of Antioch's most
significant archaeological and artistic remains, unearthed in the 1930s, are brought together for the first time since
their discovery in this major exhibition.
Central to the show is a reconstructed dining room reuniting pieces of a
mosaic floor now owned by the Louvre Museum in Paris, the Baltimore Museum of Art, Princeton University, and the
Worcester Art Museum (Worcester, Mass.), for the first time since these institutions collaborated in the excavations.
The Antioch Chalice, once thought to be the Holy Grail used by Jesus at the Last Supper, is a highlight among
related works from 21 other lenders from the U.S. and Europe. The roughly 120 objects include these and numerous
other mosaics, sculpture, frescoes, glass, silver and other metalwork, pottery, coins, and weights. All will also be
displayed in galleries arranged to evoke a sense of place and lifestyle in 2nd- to 6th-century-A.D. Antioch.