Myth & Reality


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Tuesday 26 November 2019



It is 3,000 years since the Ancient Greeks, led by Agamemnon, destroyed Troy after a ten year siege (or so the story goes).  Since then, Homer's great epic poems of the 8th century BC fixed the multiple themes of the war's drama and poetry into the psyche of the Classical mind.  Since then, they have pervaded our understanding of mythology and history, inspired archaeological debate and discovery, and filled our literature and media with stories of universal power.

The British Museum's enthralling exhibition explores not just the archaeology and debated reality of the Trojan War, but also the myths surrounding Troy and their eternal themes.  Through the millennia, heroes and rage, the desolation of war for all concerned, and migrants' search in their voyages for identity and home have all been examined in literary and visual culture.  We discover that Troy is a story that has touched us all.

£77; Art Fund Member £69; British Museum Member £59 

The Study Days in London are held at The Linnean Society in Piccadilly and begin with coffee at 10.30am; the lectures start at 11.00am. To make a Study Day booking please contact the office either by phone or email – we do not require a booking form. Thank you.

  • Included: Morning coffee, two morning lectures, entry to the British Museum
  • Not included: Travel to/from London, Lunch
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