Daily Life in Ancient Greece

Daily Life in Ancient Greece Gallery (Gallery 212A-B)
This gallery is closed in anticipation of an ambitious and exciting transformation of the George D. and Margo Behrakis Wing for Art of the Ancient World. Scheduled to open in Fall 2021, five galleries on Level 2 of the Wing will provide visitors with a grand entry to the MFA’s renowned collection of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine art—one of the finest and most comprehensive in the world. Many of the featured works are among the oldest in the collection, yet they will tell new stories, reflecting our time through the art of the past. With innovative new displays, visitors of all ages can understand the legacy of an ancient way of life and how it resonates today.

Imagine yourself in ancient Greece in the 6th and 5th centuries BCE. This gallery presents an engaging visual introduction to the complexities of daily life in ancient Greek society: who the ancient Greeks were, how they lived, and how they commemorated the dead. The 250 works on view are organized around themes such as women and the family, athletes and warriors, mourning and remembrance, and industry and exchange. The objects include works of art and everyday pieces, from finely carved marble reliefs to bone dice and a bronze fishhook. The conservation of these works involved a variety of cutting-edge methods, drawing on the latest advances in the field to update our knowledge of the ancient world. The gallery features an interactive display inviting visitors to identify members of a wedding procession depicted on a rare ceramic vessel from 450–425 BCE that was used to carry bathwater for prenuptial purification.