Classics and Archaeology Classics and Archaeology Collection

The Collection

The Classics and Archaeology Collection forms part of the Ian Potter Museum of Art at the University of Melbourne and is one of the University’s 31 cultural collections.

Objects are on display in the Classics and Archaeology Gallery located on Level 1 of the Ian Potter Museum of Art, Swanston Street, Carlton.

For further information about the Classics and Archaeology Collection contact the Lecturer-Curator in Classics and Archaeology, Andrew Jamieson, on telephone (03) 8344 3403 or email asj@ unimelb.edu.au.

New Exhibition - Between Artefact and Text: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome in the University of Melbourne Classics and Archaeology Collections

Ian Potter Museum of Art, 25 October to 19 April 2015

Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome are all great civilisations of the ancient world: each one imbued with particular linguistic, social, religious and political systems. On one level these different societies are characterised by distinctive cultural developments and unique literary traditions. On another level connections and influences are clearly discernable.

Between artefact and text features selected objects from the University of Melbourne’s Classics and Archaeology collections situated against the backdrop of four great literary works from the ancient world: the Mesopotamian Epic of Gilgamesh, the Egyptian Tale of Sinuhe, Homer’s Iliad from Ancient Greece and the Roman Vergil’s Aeneid. The objects inhabit a realm created and reinforced by the unfolding narratives represented in the literature. It is a space filled with spreading artistic styles and evolving cultural influences.