Two visitors inspecting the objects

Room 15

Greece: Athens and Lycia

520–430 BC

Visiting the gallery

Opening times

Daily 10.00–17.30 (20.30 on Fridays)

Following the defeat of the Persian invasion of Greece in 480–479 BC, democratic Athens built up a powerful maritime empire.

In an age of prosperity Athenian artists flourished, and Athens' distinctive painted pottery was exported all over the Mediterranean world.

In Room 15, pottery is shown alongside other objects to illustrate themes such as democracy, the human body, the Athenian Empire, the people of Athens, and relations with the Lycians. Among those pressed into joining Athens' tribute-paying were the Lycians – so-called allies of the empire living in what is now south-west Turkey.

Sculpture in this gallery comes from tombs and shrines built on the acropolis of Lycian Xanthos, south-west Turkey.

Accessibility

  • Some objects in this collection feature on the British Sign Language guide handset, available from the audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Some objects in this collection feature on the audio description guide, available from audio guide desk in the Great Court.
  • Seating is available.
  • Step-free access.
  • View sensory map (opens in new window).

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