If you enjoy Game of Thrones, then you’ll love game of rhytons

There is hardly anybody who has not heard the glorious legend about the Golden Fleece and the brave Jason and his Argonauts.  Jason embarked on a long adventurous journey, where he had to prove his bravery and courage. He was supported by his enchanting wife, the sorceress Medea. The inspiring story of love, friendship, betrayal and magic comes to life at the National Gallery of Arts in Sofia, where 62 stunning treasures from the collection of Vasil Bojkov have been displayed.

The Golden Fleece Exhibition
The exhibition is called ‘The Golden Fleece. The Quest of the Argonauts‘ and will be on show until 10th of June 2018. This exhibition displays various aspects of religion and ritual practices of the Thracians; 16 of the objects are displayed for the first time. Some of the unseen treasures include a few types of silver kantharos, silver rhytons and a silver kylix. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a silver kantharos which depicts the golden ram’s sacrifice that transferred Helle and Phrixus to Colchis.

Silver Kantharos

With everything, the Golden Fleece represents – fertility, kingship, sacrifice- anybody who knows a lot or a little about Greek mythology can’t help but get lost in the rich story and intriguing history of the myth itself, let alone the amazing treasures that come along with it. The sacrificial representation of the myth is placed in the center of this display of timeless artifacts, which exemplifies the extent to which ancient mythology has affected people’s cultures and perception of the world even nowadays.

Admiring the exquisite ancient rhytons is an experience equally if not more entertaining and thrilling compared to watching the popular fantasy drama Game of Thrones. Although the story in the movie takes place in a fictional world, a lot of the episodes have been inspired by mythological creatures and real legends.

The exhibition is a rare chance for mythology lovers, history fans and simply dreamers to jump into a world of glorious past, where feelings were displayed through magnificent objects and stories were told from generation to generation with the help of strikingly beautiful artifacts that luckily whisper the story of the ancient Aegean seas and magical Greek mountains even today.

About the author Iliyana Ivanova is a journalist and historian born in Bulgaria but currently based in London, UK. She has studied at Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski and graduated from the Faculty of History with a BA in Archeology and MA in Ancient History and Thracian Studies. Throughout the years, Iliyana has organized various cultural and historical events back in Bulgaria with the idea to reveal little-known-information about the ancient world of Thrace. She continues her practice in the UK as well with the main goal to promote the history and ancient treasures of Bulgaria. Currently, her main focus is one of the most fascinating private collections of Thracian artefacts – that of the philanthropist and collector Vasil Bojkov. Her personal blog contains articles about the pieces owned by Vasil Bojkov, their meaning to her country and the world, his personal life, and all the deeds, charity events, and exhibitions initiated by him.

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