The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is thrilled to announce that its new art and science exhibition, Hippos: The Horse in Ancient Athens, will be on view from January 20–April 30, 2022, in the Makriyannis Wing of the Gennadius Library.

The exhibition, curated by American School Director Dr. Jenifer Neils, foregrounds the vital role of science in our understanding of the past. Scientific analysis of a well-preserved ancient horse skeleton from the Phaleron cemetery (on public display for the first time) will be presented and contextualized by exploring portrayals of horses across ancient Greek works of art.


Please save the date for the exhibition’s inauguration on January 20 at 7:00 PM EET (Greece)/12:00 PM EST (U.S.). Dr. Mario Iozzo, Director of the National Archaeological Museum of Florence, will present the Medici Bronze Horse Head, exhibited in Greece for the first time.


During the exhibition, we will be hosting a series of five hybrid lectures on ancient horsemanship by scholars affiliated with the American School: Glenn Bugh, Judith Barringer, Carolyn Willekes, Carol Mattusch, and Mary Ann Eaverly.

Ancillary Programs

For younger visitors, the exhibit includes special labels and a children’s book written by the Director herself. Ancillary programs will involve weekly visits by school children conducted by our Steinmetz Family Foundation Museum Fellow, Eleni Gizas.

Special Thanks

The American School would like to thank the generous donors who contributed to this exhibition and to all the Ephorates of Antiquities and the Museums for their loans of important antiquities.