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Luxury and Power

Persia to Greece

May 4, 2023 – August 13, 2023

British Museum, British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

This exhibition reveals the awe-inspiring luxury encountered by Greek soldiers when they captured the Persian king’s command tent. It goes beyond the Greek perspective to explore how luxury was used as a political tool in the Middle East and southeast Europe during the Greco-Persian Wars. The exhibition showcases precious objects from various regions and examines their influence on the political landscape, including their reception in Athens and their adaptation to align with social and political norms. It also highlights the fusion of eastern and western styles of luxury during the Hellenistic age under Alexander the Great.

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