IF you are in Athens this summer, here is your chance to see a statue of Antinous which has languished in storage for years.
The statue, also called the Youth of Mantineia, is on view at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens from now until 22 July 2018.
The statue complement the museum's temporary exhibit on "Hadrian and Athens: Conversing with an Ideal World," which runs through November 2018.
The Antinous (Youth of Mantineia) is part of a rotating-object program, "The Unseen Museum," which places in public view a different object every month from the museum's storage, and is the 17th such object to be put on exhibit.
According to a Culture and Sports Ministry announcement, the statue was found in 1886 in the vicinity of the ancient town of Mantineia, in southern Greece (Peloponnese), and was transferred to the museum.
From May to July this year, museum archaeologists will be giving tours of the exhibit tracing Hadrian's steps through Athens to Mantineia, and talking about the intellectual revival of Greek paideia and nostalgia for the past, as experienced during Hadrian's reign.
The tours are free but a museum entrance ticket and reservations are required.
Tours are offered on Fridays (May 4, 25, June 8, July 6) and Sundays (June 3 and 19, July 15 and 22) and start at 13:00.
For reservations, please call any of the following numbers:
213 214 4856
213 214 4858
213 214 4866
213 214 4893