A rare exhibition of archaeological treasures from the times of Alexander the Great has opened in Salonika.
GV White Tower of Salonika.
GV Statue of Alexander the Great on horseback
CU Poster advertising Alexander the Great exhibition.
SCU PAN Mosaic showing Alexander on horseback fighting Persians ZOOM IN TO CU Alexander GV Mosaic. (2 SHOTS)
SV & CU Alexandrian coins. (4 SHOTS)
SV PAN Artifacts in display cases.
CU PULL BACK TO SV Gold shielding.
CU & GV Gold plated wreath. (2 SHOTS)
CU & GV Different gold wreath. (2 SHOTS)
CU & GV Elaborately ornamented gold chest. (3 SHOTS)
GV Chest and wreath in glass case.
CU & GV Globe and vase in case (5 SHOTS)
GV PAN Artifacts in cases.
CU & SV Gold chain. (2 SHOTS)
GV PAN Artifacts in glass cases.
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Background: A rare exhibition of archaeological treasures from the times of Alexander the Great has opened in Salonika. It includes some magnificent artifacts from a royal tomb more than two thousand years old which was discovered in northern Greece in 1977. The grave in Vergina was thought to be that of King Philip II of Macedonia the father of Alexander the Great.
SYNOPSIS: The White Tower of Salonika and a statue of Alexander the Great near the museum where the priceless artifacts were filmed before the exhibition's official opening on Saturday (19 July). A wall painting depicts Alexander's celebrated Persian expedition. He came to the Macedonian throne in this year 336 Before Christ and then consolidated his political power in Greece. The archaeologists were delighted by their discovery in Vergina which included many gold coins. It was the first time they'd found an unlooted grave in Macedonia. The search for the tomb had been going on for years. Vergina was known as Aeges when it was the first capital of the kingdom of Macedonia.
The artifacts included gold-plated armour and other items which indicated that the burial place was almost certainly that of a king. A golden wreath of myrtle leaves was found in the tomb's antechamber which is possibly that of Philip's Queen, Olympias.
Among other unique treasures in the burial chamber was a solid gold chest and more than thirty silver vessels, some used for serving wine and of very high quality workmanship.
This is the first exhibition of Alexander the Great in the modern world. It shows the art of his ear and the ways in which his personality affected the art and literature of people from bath East and West during his life.