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The Archaeological Museum of Rhodes

The Archaeological Museum of the town of Rhodes is situated within the medieval town and it is housed in the medieval building that used to be the Hospital of the Knights. The construction of this old building started in 1440, under the Grand Master De Lastic and was accomplished only some 50 years later, in 1489, by the Grand Master D’ Aubusson.

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The Museum houses important archaeological finds coming from almost all the island; the most worth seeing exhibits are the following:

An amphora dated in the 6th century b.C. of Fikellura style, made in a Rhodian workshop. Both sides are depicted with a representation of an animal and fleurons decorate the space below the handles.

A kylix of Vroullian style, dated in the 6th century b.C., also coming from a Rhodian workshop.

A black-figured attic amphora or the 6th century b.C., presenting the departure of a warrior.

The grave stele of Krito and Timarista, dated in about 420-410 b.C. It presents two standing female figures. Timarista, full face, wearing a chiton and peplos embraces Krito, who wears a chiton and himation and has short hair.
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The grave stele of Kalliarista, dated in about 350 b.C., where the dead woman is presented seated, dressed in a chiton, with the himation covering her head. Her servant, standing beside her, holds a pyxis (jewel box) with her jewels. The capping of the stele is in form of a pediment resting on pilasters.

The head of an athlete, made of marble and dated in the 4th century b.C.

The marble head of the god Helios (Sun) is a very nice sample of the sculpture of the Hellenistic period. It is dated between 250 and 160 b.C.

A marble statue of a nude squatting Aphrodite, dated in circa 100 A.D., a remodeling of the Doidalsas type.

A very interesting copy of an older original bust, probably presenting the famous comic poet Menander.

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Apart from the above, the visitor will see important collections of tomb groups found in various sites of the island, dated in different periods. There are also displayed nice statues and excellent mosaics of the Hellenistic period, which have been found in the ancient city of Rhodes, but also on the neighboring island of Karpathos.

Finally, the visitor may see the two headless archaic kouroi, dated in circa 550-530 b.C., as well as several grave stones from the period of the Knights with relief representations of the dead persons or of their blazons.

The students who visit the Museum every year can attend educational programs, which initiate and familiarize the children and young people both with the archaeological material and with the history of the island.
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