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Representing “Greek” Prehistory

Alexandra Tranta-Nikoli
University of Ioannina, Greece

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Published in: Comparing: National Museums; Territories; Nation-Building and Change. NaMu IV; Linköping University; Norrköping; Sweden 18-20 February 2008

Linköping Electronic Conference Proceedings 30:10, p. 143-149

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Published: 2008-05-20


ISSN: 1650-3686 (print), 1650-3740 (online)


This paper aspires to briefly examine the prehistoric Collection in the National Archaeological Museum of Athens. It also focuses on this Collection’s particularities and on the reasons behind their existence: these are preliminary remarks; which will be extensively elaborated in the context of a research program.

In contrast to the respective European national museums; which evolved from private collections; the National Archaeological Museum of Athens was created from the outset as a national ark. The approach of archaeology as ancient art history concerns primarily the classical period; but it will be shown that it also influences in a certain degree the interpretation of prehistory.

Although belonging to one Collection; the three prehistoric periods (Neolithic; Cycladic; Mycenaean) are exhibited in a manner suggesting different approaches on behalf of the Museum’s curators


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