Legends On Silver Lecture Videos – Now Available For Everyone
The National Art Gallery in Sofia has recently become a central point of attention to many media channels and people from Bulgaria and other European countries. As part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, there have been a number of exciting cultural events taking place on local, regional, and national level. And one such event was yet again hosted by the National Art Gallery – a series of lectures titled Legends on Silver by Prof. Dr. Athanasios Sideris.
The special occasion took place on the 3rd of May, 2018. It was held in English so that a wider audience could attend and witness a journey back in time that revealed the impressive craftsmanship and artefacts found in Thrace and Scythia between the Early Archaic and the Early Hellenistic periods (late 7th to late 4th centuries BC). In order to preserve the lecture and distribute it to as many people as possible interested in the Thracian cultural heritage, all the lectures were recorded and are now available online on the official YouTube channel of the Thrace Foundation.
The series included six lectures in which Prof. Sideris explains and compares a number of silver artifacts from the ancient times found in different countries and lands – from Bulgaria, through Greece, to Georgia, the mounds of Semibratni, and others. He discusses interesting specifics about the pieces and points out key changes they have undergone over the years. In his lectures, Prof. Dr. Athanasios Sideris also focuses on the development of the craftsmanship skills of the people centuries ago during that time. Mythological stories about the artefacts also come to life. For instance, he shares interesting details regarding a kylix found in Semibratni, which mythical composition depicts Bellerophon killing the Chimera. Other myths and legends are also discussed.
To the attention of all the attendees, Prof. Dr. Sideris brings up stories regarding the ways in which the artifacts are found, acquired, and even traded between people. Their circulation from one place to another and assemblage is a topic that isn’t neglected either. Going into more details, the Professor doesn’t forget to mention and to talk about the famous figures such as Theseus who is kidnapping Helen, Orpheus and more depicted on different vases, kylixes, rhytons, and other items. What is more, many of the discussed objects are part of the Vasil Bojkov’s collection, consisting of 3000 pieces.
What becomes clear during and after the lectures in questions is that the interest in the ancient cultural findings is immense. There are more than 150 people who attended the Legends on Silver lectures in May, with participants arriving from over 10 different countries. This is what some of the biggest Bulgarian news sites and media channels have reported. Finally, the lectures are part of a major project which involves the exhibition The Golden Fleece. Quest of the Argonauts held from the 16th of March until the 10th of June in the National Gallery of Arts, a 360 virtual tour available online, various discussions, and other interesting talks.