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Museum Exhibitions - March 2018

Updated 5 March

Each month, the AJA will provide information about current and upcoming museum exhibits around the world that are related to topics within the scope of the journal. The list includes exhibition dates, locations, curators, information about catalogues, and links to museum websites with further information. It is organized by geographic location (The Americas, Europe, the United Kingdom and Russia, the Middle East, Afric, East Asia, and Oceania). Within that larger framework, exhibitions are arranged alphabetically by country and then by closing date. If a catalogue is not mentioned, then no catalogue is available. The AJA Museum Review Editor welcomes input from readers for additions to this list.

The Americas


Egypt: The Time of Pharaohs

18 May 2018–31 December 2018
Royal British Columbia Museum
Victoria, British Columbia
Curators: Christian Tietze and Christian Bayer

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El Mito de Roma: Colección Museos Vaticanos
(The Myth of Rome: Vatican Museums Collections)

6 November 2017–11 March 2018
Centro Cultural La Moneda

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United States

The Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt

3 October 2017–31 March 2018
The Oriental Institute Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Curator: Foy Scalf
Catalogue: Scalf, Foy, ed. Book of the Dead: Becoming God in Ancient Egypt. Pp. 376. Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, Chicago 2017. $34.95. ISBN 9781614910381 (paper).

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The Arch of Titu: From Jerusalem to Rome, and Back

1 February 2018–5 April 2018
Yeshiva University Museum
New York, New York

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Jeppson Idea Lab: Master Vases from Ancient Greece

5 April 2017–8 April 2018
Worcester Art Museum
Worcester, Massachusetts
Curators: Paula Artal-Isbrand and Amanda Reiterman

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Paint the Eyes Softer: Mummy Portraits from Roman Egypt

13 January 2018–22 April 2018
Block Museum of Art
Evanston, Illinois
Curators: Marc Walton, Taco Terpstra, and Essi Ronkko

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Ancient Mediterranean Cultures in Contact

20 October 2017–29 April 2018
Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois
Curator: Bill Parkinson

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Rome: Eternal City
(Etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi)

20 January 2018–6 May 2018
Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, Massachusetts

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The Mummies: From Egypt to Toledo

3 February 2018–6 May 2018
Toledo Museum of Art
Toledo, Ohio
Curators: Adam Levine and Mike Deetsch

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Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past

14 February 2018–13 May 2018
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
New York, New York
Curators: Roberta Casagrande-Kim, Samuel Thrope, and Raquel Ukeles
Catalogue: Casagrande-Kim, Roberta, Samuel Thrope, and Raquel Ukeles, eds. Romance and Reason: Islamic Transformations of the Classical Past. Pp. 144. Princeton University Press, Princeton 2018. $35. ISBN 9780691181844 (paper).

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Excavating Archaeology at the University of Michigan, 1817–2017

18 October 2017–27 May 2018
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Curators: Terry G. Wilfong and Carla M. Sinopoli

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Egyptian Animal Mummies: Science Explores an Ancient Religion

23 March 2018–1 July 2018
San Antonio Museum of Art
San Antonio, Texas
Curator: Sarah Schellinger

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The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

17 February 2018–8 July 2018
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
Richmond, Virginia
Curators: Peter Schertz and Nicole Stribling
Catalogue: Schertz, Peter, Nicole Stribling, and Sean Hemingway, eds. The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. Pp. 160. Yale University Press, New Haven 2017. $45. ISBN 9780300230574 (cloth).

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AEGYPTUS Egypt in the Greco-Roman World

2 February 2017–15 July 2018
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Brunswick, Maine
Curator: Jim Higginbotham

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Pompeii: Photographs and Fragments

2 March 2018–19 August 2018
Yale University Art Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut
Curator: Judy Ditner

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The Future of the Past: Mummies and Medicine

14 May 2016 –26 August 2018
Legion of Honor, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
San Francisco, California
Curator: Renee Dreyfus

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Plato in L.A.: Contemporary Artists’ Visions

18 April 2018–3 September 2018
The Getty Villa
Pacific Palisades, California
Curator: Donatien Grau
Catalogue: Grau, Donatien. Plato in LA: Artists’ Visions. Pp. 112. Getty Publications, Los Angeles 2018. $24.95. ISBN 9781606065747 (paper).

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Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

25 March 2018–9 September 2018
Saint Louis Art Museum
Saint Louis, Missouri
Curators: Franck Goddio and Lisa Çakmak
Catalogue: Franck, Goddio, and Aurelia Masson-Berghoff.  Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds. Pp. 272. Thames & Hudson, London 2016. $60. ISBN 978-0500051856 (cloth).

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Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World

27 March 2018 – 9 September 2018
The Getty Center
Los Angeles, California
Curators: Jeffrey Spier and Timothy Potts
Catalogue: Spier, Jeffrey, Timothy Potts, and Sara E. Cole, eds. Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World. Pp. 360. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles 2018. $65. ISBN 9781606065518 (cloth).

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Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt

10 February 2018–11 November 2018
Michael C. Carlos Museum, Emory University
Atlanta, Georgia
Curator: Yekaterina Barbash
Catalogue: Barbash, Yekaterina.  Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt. Pp. 46. Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn 2016. $9.95. (paper).

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Cultures in the Crossfire: Stories from Syria and Iraq

8 April 2017–25 November 2018
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Curators: Salam Al Kuntar and Lauren Ristvet

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Dangerous Beauty: Medusa in Classical Art

5 February 2018–6 January 2019
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, New York

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Conversations with the Collection: Patricia Cronin in Response to Classical Antiquity

16 August 2018–6 January 2019
Tampa Museum of Art
Tampa, Florida

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Urban Biographies, Ancient and Modern

24 August 2018–6 January 2019
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Curator: Christopher Ratté

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16 March 2018–21 April 2019
The Field Museum
Chicago, Illinois

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(Color in the Roman World)

8 February 2019–24 May 2019
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Curators: Catherine Person and Caroline Roberts

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Palmyra: Loss and Remembrance

18 April 2018–27 May 2019
The Getty Villa
Pacific Palisades, California

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Graffiti as Devotion along the Nile

23 August 2019–5 January 2020
Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Curators: Geoff Emberling and Suzanne Davis

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Europe, The United Kingdom, and Russia


Fokus Denkmal: Das Haus der Medusa. Römische Wandmalerei aus Enns
(Focus Monuments: The House of Medusa. Roman Wall Paintings from Enns)

21 November 2017–8 April 2018
Kunst Historisches Museum
Curator: Markus Santner

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Pompeii, the Immortal City

24 November 2017–15 April 2018
Palais de la Bourse

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Beriget og beruset: Forsvundne skatte fra Romerriget
(High on Luxury: Lost Treasures from the Roman Empire)

14 March 2018–2 September 2018
Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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Zwischen Königsgräbern und Pfandhaus: Max Ohnefalsch-Richter (1850–1917) und die Archäologie Zyperns
(Between Royal Graves and the Pawnshop: Max Ohnefalsch-Richter (1850–1917) and the Archaeology of Cyprus)

12 January 2017–3 April 2018
Neues Museum

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Die Etrusker: Weltkultur im antiken Italien
(The Etruscans: World Culture in Ancient Italy)

16 December 2017–17 June 2018
Karlsruhe Palace
Curator: Susanne Erbelding
Catalogue: Hattler, Claus. Die Etrusker: Weltkultur im antiken Italien. Pp. 400.  Konrad Theiss Verlag, Museumsausgabe 2017. €39,95. ISBN 978-3806236217 (cloth).

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Charakterköpfe: Griechen und Römer im Porträt
(Charakterköpfe: Portraits of Greeks and Romans)

30 January 2018–30 September 2018
Staatliche Antikensammlungen und Glyptothek
Curators: Florian S. Knauß and Christian Gliwitzky
Catalogue: Knauß, Florian S., and Christian Gliwitzky, eds. Charakterköpfe: Griechen und Römer im Porträt. Pp. 424. Hirmer Verlag, Munich 2017. € 39,90. ISBN 978-3-7774-2954-0 (paper).

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Menschenbilder: Wege zum Porträt von der Antike bis zur Gegenwart
(The Human Image: The Portrait’s Evolution from Antiquity to the Present)

24 November 2017–7 October 2018

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Bewegte Zeiten: Archäologie in Deutschland
(Restless Times: Archaeology in Germany)

21 September 2018–6 January 2019
Museum für Vor- und Frühgeschichte and the Verband der Landesarchäologen

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Zwei Kamele und ein Heiliger: Das antike Pilgerzentrum Abu Mina in Ägypten
(Two Camels and a Saint: The Antique Pilgrimage Site of Abu Mina in Egypt)

13 February 2018–31 January 2019

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Medeas Liebe und die Jagd nach dem Goldenen Vlies
(Medea’s Love and the Quest for the Golden Fleece)

5 October 2018–10 February 2019
Liebieghaus Skulpturensammlung
Frankfurt am Main
Curator: Vincent Brinkmann

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Gold & Wein: Georgiens älteste Schätze
(Gold and Wine: Georgia’s Oldest Treasures)

6 October 2018–10 February 2019
Archäologisches Museum

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Die Krone von Kertsch: Schätze aus Europas Frühzeit
(The Crown of Kerch: Treasures from the Dawn of European History)

19 October 2017–29 September 2019
Neues Museum

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Κυκλαδικά στιγμιότυπα από τα μνημεία και τους ανθρώπους τους
(Cycladic Snapshots of the Monuments and their People)

22 November 2017–28 February 2018
Byzantine and Christian Museum

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3 October 2016–24 March 2018
National Archaeological Museum
Catalogue: Lagogianni-Georgakarakos, Maria, ed. Odysseys = Odysseies / National Archaeological Museum. Pp. 512. Archaeological Receipts Fund, Athens 2017. ISBN 9789603863205 (cloth).

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Αδριανός και Αθήνα: Συνομιλώντας με έναν ιδεατό κόσμο
(Hadrian and Athens: Conversing with an Ideal World)

28 November 2017–18 November 2018
National Archaeological Museum

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Colosseo: Un’icona
(The Colosseum: An Icon)

8 March 2017–11 March 2018
Curators: Rossella Rea, Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, and Serena Romano
Catalogue: Rea, Rossella, Riccardo Santangeli Valenzani, and Serena Romano, eds. Colosseo. Un’icona. Pp. 406. Mondadori Electa, Rome 2017. €34,15. ISBN 978-8891813893 (paper).

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Longobard : Un popolo che cambio la storia
(The Lombards: A People Who Made History)

21 December 2017–25 March 2018
Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli
1 April 2018–1 June 2018
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg
Curators: Gian Pietro Brogiolo and Federico Marazzi
Catalogue: Brogiolo, G. P., F. Marazzi, and C. Giostra, eds. Longobardi: Un populo che cambia la storia. Pp. 525. Skira, Milan 2017. €38,255. ISBN 978-8857235165 (paper).

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Il Tesoro di Antichità: Winckelmann e il Museo Capitolino nella Roma del Settecento
(The Treasure of Antiquity: Winckelmann and the Capitoline Museum in Eighteenth Century Rome)

7 December 2017 –22 April 2018
Musei Capitolini
Curators: Eloisa Dodero and Claudio Parisi Presicce

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Pompei @ Madre: Materia Archelogica
(Pompeii @ Madre: Archaeological Matter)

19 November 2017–30 April 2018
Museo d'Arte Contemporanea Donnaregina
Curators: Massimo Osanna and Andrea Viliani

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Egizi Etruschi: Da Eugene Berman allo Scarabeo dorato
(Etruscan Egyptians: From Eugene Berman to the Golden Scarab)

21 December 2017–30 June 2018
Centrale Montemartini, Nuovo spazio per mostre temporanee
Curators: Alfonsina Russo, Claudio Parisi Presicce, Simona Carosi, and Antonella Magagnini
Catalogue: Russo, Alfonsina, Simona Carosi, and Massimiliana Pozzi Battaglia, eds. Egizi Etruschi: Da Eugene Berman allo Scarabeo Dorato. Pp. 128. Gangemi Editore, Rome 2017. €26,00. ISBN: 9788849234824 (paper).

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Traiano: Construire l’Impero, creare l’Europa
(Trajan:  Building the Empire, Creating Europe)

29 November 2017–16 September 2018
Mercati di Traiano Museo dei Fori Imperiali
Curators: Claudio Parisi Presicce, Lucrezia Ungaro, and Livio Zerbini
Catalogue: Parisi Presicce, Claudio, Marina Milella, Simone Pastor, and Lucrezia Ungaro, eds. Traiano: Costruire l'Impero, creare l'Europa.Catalogo della mostra (Roma, 29 novembre 201716 settembre 2018). Pp. 496. De Luca Editori d’Arte, Rome 2018. €52,84. ISBN 978-8865573587 (cloth).

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Ebrei, una storia italiana: I primi mille anni
(Jews, an Italian Story:  The First Thousand Years)

14 December 2017–16 September 2018
Museo Nazionale dell’Ebraismo Italiano e della Shoah
Curators: Anna Foa, Giancarlo Lacerenza, and Daniele Jalla
Catalogue: Foa, Anna, Giancarlo Lacerenza, and Daniele Jalla, eds. Ebrei, una storia italiana: I primi mille anni. Pp. 200. Mondadori Electa, Rome 2018. €32. ISBN 978-8891817150

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Nineveh: Hoofdstad van een wereldrijk
(Nineveh: Heart of an Ancient Empire)

20 October 2017–25 March 2018
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Curator: Lucas Petit
Catalogue: Petit, Lucas, and Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, eds. Nineveh: Hoofdstad van een wereldrijk. Pp. 152. Sidestone Press, Leiden 2017. €19,95. ISBN 978-9088905469 (cloth).
Petit, Lucas, and Daniele Morandi Bonacossi, eds. Nineveh: The Great City. Pp. 356. Sidestone Press, Leiden 2017. €145. ISBN 978-9088904967 (cloth).

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Fascinatie voor Persepolis
(Fascination with Persepolis)

20 October 2017–6 May 2018
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden

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28 January 2017–3 June 2018
Rijksmuseum van Oudheden
Curators: Stijn Heeren and Annemarieke Willemsen
Catalogue: Heeren, Stijn, and Annemarieke Willemsen. Fibulas: Vondsten, vormen & mode. Pp. 70. Rijksmuseum van Oudheden, Leiden 2017. €12,50. ISBN 978-90-712013-2-5.

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Lusitânia dos Flávios: A propósito de Estácio e das Silvas
(Flavian Lusitania: About Statius and the Silvae)

17 March 2017–29 April 2018
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia

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Ouro antigo: Do mar negro ao oceano atlântico
(Ancient Gold: From the Black Sea to the Atlantic Ocean)

28 November 2017–29 April 2018
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia

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Loulé: Territórios, memórias, identidades
(Loulé: Territory, Memory, Identity)

21 June 2017–30 December 2018
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Curators: Victor S. Gonçalves, Amílcar Guerra, Catarina Viegas, Helena Catarino, and Luís Oliveira

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Religiões da Lusitânia: Loquuntur saxa
(Religions of Lusitania: Loquuntur saxa)

27 June 2002–30 December 2018
Museu Nacional de Arqueologia
Curator: José Cardim Ribeiro
Catalogue: José Cardim Ribeiro. Religiões da Lusitânia: Loquuntur saxa/ Religions of Lusitânia. Pp. 578. Museu Nacional de Arqueologia, Lisbon 2002. €100. ISBN 972-776-148-8 (cloth).

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Поверженные: Умирающий галл и Малые посвящения Аттала. Из Национального археологического музея Неаполя, Италия
The Fallen: The Dying Gaul and the Lesser Attalid Dedication.  From the Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples

8 December 2017–11 March 2018
The State Hermitage Museum
St. Petersburg
Curator: Anna Alexeyevna Trofimova
Catalogue: Trofimova, Anna. Поверженные: Умирающий галл и Малые посвящения Аттала. Из Национального археологического музея Неаполя. Pp. 32. State Hermitage Publishing House, St. Petersburg 2017.

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El poder del pasado: 150 años de arqueología en España
(The Power of the Past: 150 Years of Archaeology in Spain)

17 January 2017–14 March 2018
Museo Arqueológico Nacional
Curator: Gonzalo Ruiz Zapatero

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Mulieres: Mujeres en Augusta Emerita
(Mulieres: Women in Augusta Emerita)

July 2017–April 2018
Museo Nacional de Arte Romano
Curator: Trinidad Nogales

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Músicas en la antigüedad
(Music in Antiquity)

9 February 2018–6 May 2018
Caixa Forum

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Scanning Sethos: Die Wiedergeburt eines Pharaonengrabes
(Scanning Seti: The Regeneration of a Pharaonic Tomb)

29 October 2017–6 May 2018
Antikenmuseum Basel und Sammlung Ludwig

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United Kingdom

An Ancient Landscape: Iron-Age and Roman Finds from the Berkshire Downs

16 January 2018–29 April 2018
Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology

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Writing in Cyprus and the Eastern Mediterranean

16 January 2018–10 June 2018
Fitzwilliam Museum

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Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece

26 April 2018–29 July 2018
The British Museum
Curator: Ian Jenkins
Catalogue: Farge, Celeste, Bénédicte Garnier, and Ian Jenkins. Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece. Pp. 240. Thames & Hudson in collaboration with the British Museum, London 2018. £35. ISBN 978-0500480304 (cloth).

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The Middle East


Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor Adda Collection

22 June 2017–9 June 2018
The Israel Museum
Curators: Haim Gitler and Yaniv Schauer
Catalogue: Gitler, Haim, and Yaniv Schauer, eds. Faces of Power: Roman Gold Coins from the Victor A. Adda Collection. Pp. 312. Numismatica Ars Classica, London. 2017. $70. ISBN 9788894220018 (cloth).

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Jerusalem in Babylon: New Light on the Judean Exiles

Until January 2019
Bible Lands Museum
Curators: Filip Vukosavovic, Yehuda Kaplan, and Oree Meiri.

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Gods, Heroes and Mortals in Ancient Greece

Until January 2020
Bible Lands Museum
Curator: Silvia Rozenberg

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East Asia and Oceania


Haute Couture in Ancient Greece: The Spectacular Costumes of Ariadne and Helen of Troy

3 March 2018–15 April 2018
The Hellenic Museum
Melbourne, Victoria
Curator: Bernice Jones

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Why Citizenship? Stories from Athens and Rome

9 June 2017–30 May 2018
RD Milns Antiquities Museum
St Lucia, Queensland
Curators: Janette McWilliam and James Donaldson

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Patronage: Emperor and Empire

October 2017–October 2018
RD Milns Antiquities Museum
St. Lucia, Queensland
Curators: Janette McWilliam and James Donaldson

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Rome: City and Empire

21 September 2018–3 February 2019
National Museum Australia
Acton Peninsula, Canberra
Curator: Sam Moorehead

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Gods, Myths and Mortals: Greek Treasures Across the Millennia

9 October 2014–10 October 2019
The Hellenic Museum
Melbourne, Victoria

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(Treasures from the Acropolis Museum)

11 January 2018– 8 April 2018
Shanghai Museum
Curator: Yang Zhigang

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(Roads of Arabia: Archaeological Treasures of Saudi Arabia)

23 January 2018–18 March 2018
Tokyo National Museum
Tokyo, Japan

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