The ancient city of Antioch, once a major center of commerce, culture and Christendom, was decimated by an earthquake in 526 c.e. Few materials survived, and those that did were buried in rubble for more than 1,400 years.
Archaeologists began a seven-year excavation of the city in 1932, in hopes of finding treasures, wealth and perhaps the Holy Grail, which was rumored to rest in Antioch. Instead, the archaeologists unearthed objects that offer a snapshot of everyday life in the old metropolis.
The relics are now part of an exhibit organized by the Worcester Art Museum of Worcester, Mass., which will be on display at the Cleveland Musuem of Art starting March 25.
The exhibit includes a replica Antiochene dining room, ancient mosaics and a bronze gladiator helmet.
Where?The Cleveland Museum of Art
11150 East Blvd.
University Circle, Cleveland
When?March 25 through June 3
Tues.-Sun., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Wed. & Fri., to 9 p.m.
Cost?$5; $4 seniors and students.
Call (888) CMA-0033 or visit the Cleveland Museum of Art for more information.