Alexander the Great’s true face on show in New York

As cinemas in New York and Athens are screening Oliver Stone’s epic film «Alexander,» with Colin Farrell in the title role of the legendary warrior, a production that is receiving less than enthusiastic reviews, the Onassis Cultural Foundation of New York, a subsidiary of the Onassis Foundation in Athens, is holding an important exhibition «Alexander the Great: Treasures from an Epic Era of Hellenism,» curated by Dimitris Pandermalis, professor of archaeology, director of excavations at Dion and president of the Organization for the Construction of the New Acropolis Museum. The exhibition places the person and the role of the Macedonian leader into their historical perspectives by means of finds such as weapons, royal shields and coins featuring the face of Alexander the Great, who created a precedent for subsequent leaders. The exhibition also includes findings from Vergina, with jewels from the unlooted grave of the Young Lady of Aigai that bear witness to the elegance of Macedonian women of the time. The exhibition will be officially opened on Thursday, December 9, by Alternate Culture Minister Fanni Palli-Petralia at the Olympic Tower on Fifth Avenue. The focus of the exhibition is a 340-330 BC head of Alexander found at the Erectheum, on the Acropolis, now in the Acropolis Museum. It is making its first journey outside Greece to show the true face of Alexander.