Bronze heroes

Hilary stares admiringly at the finest of the statues

How many treasures of the ancient world are lying at the bottom of the Mediterranean Sea?

At the Museo Nazionale della Magna Greciaare in Reggio di Calabria are possibly the finest examples of ancient Greek sculpture: the Bronzi di Riace. It was a chemist from Rome who discovered them in 1972 whilst snorkelling near Riace, Calabria.

The two full-size Greek bronzes of naked bearded warriors, cast around 450 BC are displayed inside an earthquake-proof microclimate room. And we had to go through a decontamination room first, but how this actually worked was beyond us.


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