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Reconstructing Antiquity is presented in three installations with distinct but interconnected themes. Works of art illustrating the many legends and myths of ancient Greece and Rome are featured in the John and Norah Warbeke Gallery. In the adjacent Gump Family Gallery, the focus on the storytelling is expanded into the sphere of theater and performance. Across the Museum in the Evans Gallery, objects offer a glimpse at the multi-faceted roles of women in ancient world. These themes and related issues are addressed in the brief articles below.

Public and private entertainments enjoyed by Greeks and Romans—musical recitals, theatrical performances and athletic games—were so pleasurable that a vast range of images was created to recall the experience...
Gump Gallery wall text
The fact that nearly every Greek and Roman town contained its own open-air theater attests to the widespread popularity of live entertainment, a tradition that probably originated from annual festivals...