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Museum Part 2

Galleries 1 and 2 are devoted to the early Cycladic age. After a right turn into room 3 you will find Greek paints and sculptures dating back to before 500 BC. Here you will also find the Athenian black-figured vases in the long central case. Here you will find one vase showing Archilles about to kill the Amazon queen Penthesilea.

Continue through the gallery into room 5. Here you will find the red-figured vases from the 5th Century of Greece. Just beyond room 5 into room six you will find, to the right, a set of stairs that leads up to the marble frieze from the Temple of Apollo at Bassae.

Continuing onto room 7 you will find the reconstructed facade of the tomb of one of the rulers of Xanthos. It has become known as the Nereid Monument because the figures on the columns adorning the facade are thought to be Nereids.

Half way along room 7 turn to the left and head into room 8. This room contains the sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens and date back to about the 5th century BC.

Return to room 9 through the same passage through which you entered room 8. Continue up through room 9, which contains more sculptures from the Acropolis at Athens. Room 10 has a fine collection of vases and contains another tomb from Xanthos. To the right of room 10 is room 12 that contains two sculptures from two of the Seven Wonders of the World. The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus ( now Bodrum, onthe south west coast of Turkey ) was the tomb of King Mausolos of Caria. A huge sculptured drum from the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus is also here.

Room 13 contains works from the Hellenistic age ( beginning 320 BC ). Room 14 shows the transition from the Hellenistic world into Roman times.

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