If you’re like me, your holidays (aka vacation) are usually packed with getting out of your hometown and away; exploring….seeing friends, relatives, new places.
Last year I only took a few days off here and there at work, so that I could take three looong weeks over Christmas/New Year. We did get away [to Byron] but have an extra week at home which we’ve been playing tourist in our own town – something which I find extremely fun!
Yesterday we went to the Australian Museum to take a geez at the Alexander the Great exhibition on loan from the St Petersberg Museum in Russia.
Now you’re not supposed to take photos…but forever the total rebel, I managed to sneak a few sans flash…
What I love the most is seeing artifacts that are older than my country! Amazing pieces of history that provides a snapshot in time of a culture that existed two and a half thousand years ago! Alexander the Great influenced so much; military organisation & precision, standardisation of currency and the lives of other great historical figures throughout time (King Louis XIV of France, Napoleon Bonaparte & Catherine the Great of Russia to name a few). Although he died young (356 – 323 BCE) his legend and influence continues throughout time. Through this one could argue that he did achieve his god-like status that he spent his short lifetime trying to achieve.
The museum also has a few other exhibits; Dinosaurs, Skeletons, Surviving Australia, Indigenous Australians & Menagerie amongst others.
The Menagerie exhibition:
“Art enables us to find ourselves and
lose ourselves at the same time.”