Chaeronea, 2 August 338 BC: A day that changed the world

The exhibition explores the day that set Alexander the Great on the political stage


DECEMBER 14, 2023 UNTIL MARCH 31,2024

The exhibition is part of the new series of archaeological exhibitions with the title “Human Histories” by the Museum of Cycladic Art and will be showcased at the Stathatos Mansion, curated by Dr. Panagiotis Iossifand Dr. Ioannis Fappas.

“Chaeronea, 2 August 338 BC: A day that changed the world” highlights the significance of the Battle of Chaeronea in the transition from the Classical to the Hellenistic period. The battle established the Macedonians as the dominant power in Greece and the eastern Mediterranean during the reign of Philip. On that day, the eighteen-year-old prince Alexander made a dynamic entrance into the political and military scene, playing a decisive role in the defeat of the Theban Sacred Band.

The exhibition allows us to engage with the great king through archaeological objects in a unique and privileged way. Through approximately 260 objects coming from 25 Greek museums, 2 foreign museums and 4 private collections, the exhibition will focus on the collision of two worlds. This acted as a catalyst for the birth of the new Hellenistic world in the aftermath of this historic battle, which changed the course of history.

The main sponsor of the exhibition is Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation.

Press Release (available in Greek)