The new big exhibition titled “Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera – Eleftherna – Knossos” at the Museum of Cycladic Art, traces the life in these three cities from their birth, progression and abandonment, as well as findings from the latest excavations.

The exhibition, which will run from 12 December 2018 to 30 April 2019, includes about 500 antiquities of every kind from the three capital cities of “Ekatompolis” in Crete, many of which are exhibited for the first time. Certain antiquities stand out from the personalized stories that accompany them, and it is the first time so many ancient exhibits leave from the natal site, Crete, for a periodic exhibition.

“This exhibition deals with cities that have ceased to live and are forgotten, only their own name is remembered, often wrongly,” explains the museum’s director, Professor Nikos Stambolidis. “Those who died and were forgotten, but were brought back from oblivion through the haze of myth and history, from people who do not forget, nostalgists who came back, remembered, which they sought through their love and interest for the past or for a variety of other reasons: cartographers, travelers, storytellers, naturalists. For ‘Renaissance people’. ”

The exhibition is co-organized by the Museum of Cycladic Art and the Regional Directorates of the Ministry of Culture and Sport and in particular by the Antique Offices of Chania, Rethymno and Heraklion.