Turn left at the lobby to start your circuit of the exhibition halls arranged around a central courtyard. The collection is in chronological order, starting with Greek statues of Homer and youthful figures in Hall I.
A museum highlight is the marble Barbarini Faun statue (220bc) in Hall
II. This erotic piece was taken from Rome’s Barbarini Palace. Also here is an antique copy of the Medusa Rondanini.
In Hall III you’ll find the head of the goddess of heroic endeavour Athene and a statue of the Homeric warrior Diomedes. Hall IV contains a tomb relief of the beautiful courtesan Mnesarete and an ancient woman’s tomb.
Hall V has a statue of the Greek goddess of peace Eirene, and there’s more tomb reliefs in Hall VI.
Hall VII features gables from the Aphaia Temple showing the second siege of Troy, and Hall VIII has a sphinx from the roof of the temple.
There’s more Aphaia Temple gables in Hall IX, these ones showing the first siege of Troy. Hall X is home to the orator Demosthenes, an ancient copy of an Aphrodite’s head and a bust of Alexander the Great looking like he wants to go and sow his wild oats somewhere.
Hall XI holds a bust of Roman super-Caesar Augustus, a relief showing the marriage of Poseidon, and a floor mosaic from a Roman villa in Sentinum. Hall XII features a colossal statue of the god Apollo, called the “Apollo Barberini”, and a statue of the Emperor Domitian
Hall XIII has antique copies of Greek statues, including the “Boy with the Goose”, and some Roman sarcophaguses.
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