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The leading sponsor of this exhibition is Lusis. In partnership with the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture and Institut Français in Bulgaria. The publishing of the catalogue was made possible by the generous support of Dalkia, the Total Foundation, and Arjowiggins Graphic.

This exhibition explores ancient Thrace by looking at various components of the Odrysian kingdom. On show for the first time will be several complete sets of major tomb furnishings, allowing comparison of previously unseen items with similar material found in Greek city-states along the coast. The highlight of the exhibition will be the unprecedented display of items from the royal tomb of Seuthes III alongside the magnificent bronze head of that king.

Ancient Thrace is still mainly associated with the emblematic figure of Orpheus and various Thracian kings such as Rhesus and Tereus, who punctuated the Greek mythological world. Yet this region, located between the Aegean and Black Seas, actually witnessed the rise of a powerful kingdom headed by a people called the Odrysae. This kingdom became a key player in the regional conflicts that inflamed southeastern Europe from the fifth century BC onward. Stimulated by its numerous exchanges with the Greeks, the Macedonians, the Persians, and the Scythians, the Odrysian kingdom forged its own identity around a turbulent warrior aristocracy. In recent years, the vitality of Bulgarian archaeological research has spurred a rediscovery of Thracian civilization, epitomized by exceptional tombs that convey the economic, social, cultural, and artisanal wealth of the Odrysian kingdom.

Organized by:

Supervisory curator: Jean-Luc Martinez
French curators: Alexandre Baralis, Néguine Mathieux
Bulgarian curators: Totko Stoyanov, Miléna Tonkova

Practical information

From April 16 to July 20, 2015

Richelieu wing

Single ticket giving access to collections and exhibitions: €15.

Opening hours:
Every day from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday.
Night opening until 9:45 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.

Further information:
+33 (0)1 40 20 53 17