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Aspects of LIfe of Two Distant Worlds: The Qin-Han Dynasties of China
28/09/2015

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For the duration of the temporary exhibition “The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant World”, the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District will be open from 9.00 to 15.00, as of Saturday the 17th of October 2015 and on every Saturday until the 12th of December 2015.

Every Saturday, from 10.00 to 11.00 am, a guided tour will take place.

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, in cooperation with the Cyprus Photographic Society (Limassol Branch), announces that for the duration of the periodical exhibition “The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds” at the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District, photographs of Chinese ancient monuments and antiquities will be projected in the Museum’s exhibition halls. The photographs have been taken by Dr. Marios Apostolides.

Dr Marios Apostolides was born and brought up in Limassol. He studied medicine in China, which he often visits and considers his second country. He is an amateur photographer and a member of the Cyprus Photographic Society. With his lens he captures monuments, landscapes and scenes of everyday life in China. Part of his rich photographic archive, which he enjoys sharing with others, will be presented within the context of the above mentioned exhibition.

The projections as well as the exhibition will be open to the public until the 14th of December 2015.

Opening hours: Monday-Friday 8.00-16.00 and Saturdays 9.00-15.00

The public is reminded that every Saturday, from 10.00 to 11.00, a guided tour is given by Archaeological Officers of the Department of Antiquities.


“The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds”
Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District
28th September 2015 - 14th December 2015

The Department of Antiquities, Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works, announces the opening of the temporary exhibition “The Qin-Han Dynasties of China and Roman Cyprus: Aspects of Life of Two Distant Worlds” at the Archaeological Museum of the Lemesos District, on Monday the 28th of September 2015 at 19.00.

The mutual organization of archaeological exhibitions between the Republic of Cyprus and the People’s Republic of China was agreed during the visit of the Chinese Deputy Minister of Culture in Cyprus, during October 2013. At that time a bilateral Agreement was signed, concerning the prevention of theft, of illicit excavations and of illegal import and export of cultural goods between the two countries. It must be stressed that it is the first time that an exhibition with archaeological artifacts from another country is organized in Cyprus. This exhibition is therefore very important, since it reminds us that antiquities can stimulate dialogue and mutual understanding with peaceful means.

The Qin and Han Dynasties, with a life span of over four centuries, were important periods of Chinese history and have played a vital role in the evolution and shaping of the traditional Chinese culture. The Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) was very short but it signals the beginning of China's imperial era, after the unification of various rival states across central China. The Han Dynasty (206 BC – AD 220) was one of the longest-lived Chinese dynasties and is comparable in terms of power and prestige, to its almost contemporary Roman Empire. It is considered a golden age in Chinese history, especially in arts, politics and technology. All subsequent Chinese dynasties looked back to the Han period as an inspiring model. The Han Dynasty has influenced the East just like Greece has influenced the West.

Cyprus has lost its strategic significance under the domination of the Roman Empire (58 BC – AD 395), as it was under the status of pax romana. Public buildings (theatres, baths, gymnasia, etc.) and luxurious villas with mosaic floors are the most impressive testimonies of Roman presence on the island. In this exhibition, ancient objects from both civilizations are displayed one next to the other, arranged in three categories, in an original as well as daring effort to bring together, under the same roof, Two Distant Worlds.










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