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Description The art of the Hellenistic and Roman period are presented in the rooms No 9 and No 10 of the ground floor The Hellenistic period is represented by few but of high quality works, which are characterized by grace and delicacy. During this period, Piraeus knows decline under the influence of Macedonians sovereignty, cut off from Athens, which is evidenced by the small number of sculptures. In the room No 10 is presented the art of the Roman period, during which Piraeus was an important trade and industrial center, and produced copies of classical sculptures. Several such statues are exhibited here, along with portraits of Roman emperors. In Roman Period Athens being rather an ally than an occupied city owed a large part of its glory to tourism and academic life. Piraeus shared this prosperity, being the port for the important commerce of the neoattic artistic production. Local artisans produced replicas and variations of classical works for various decorative uses, such as statues, reliefs, vessels. This activity is represented by the findings of a cargo of a sunk trade ship , found accidentally in the port in 1933. The cargo of this ship contained one of the largest collections of neoattic marble panels, destined nd

to decorate some opulent building in Rome. 2 c CE Important for this period is a monument to the proliferation of the worship of Isis that had a temple in Piraeus from the 2nd c BCE A sarcophagus of Nea Ionia is a beautiful example of neoattic art. A funerary stele of a priestess of Egyptian goddess, is showing the communication and the cultural osmosis between the nations of the Empire. There are also portraits of Roman Emperors, members of the local aristocracy and a rare statue of Valvinos, “the emperor of three months� (238c. ACE) Bibliography Steinhauer, G., The archaelogical museum of Piraeus, Latsis Foundation, 2001 Links http://odysseus.culture.gr/h/1/gh155.jsp?obj_id=3371 http://www.latsis-foundation.org/megazine/publish/ebook.php?book=38&preloader=1

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Final study of CulMe-WeOnCT project  
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