Curated by: Stéphane Verger
Saturday 1 February 2020, at 6.00 pm at the National Archaeological Museum of Siritide, in Policoro [Mt], the exhibition Le Tavole di Eraclea will be inaugurated. Between Taranto and Rome conceived and organized by the Polo Museale of Basilicata in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum of Naples and the National Archaeological Museum of Taranto, the Superintendency of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Basilicata, and promoted together with the Municipality of Policoro.
The exhibition - which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Museum of Siritide - revolves around an extraordinary loan: the Tables of Eraclea, found in 1732 near the Cavone river and kept at the MANN, considered among the most important epigraphic documents of the Magna Greece.
The exhibition - set up in the new wing of the Museum - is directed by Marta Ragozzino and curated by Stéphane Verger, Savino Gallo with Dimitris Roubis and Gabriel Zuchtriegel. The set-up project is by Vittoria Grifone / Stalkagency, the graphic design by Mauro Bubbico.
Speakers will be Marta Ragozzino, Director of the Basilicata Museum Center; Paolo Giulierini, Director of the MANN; Eva Degl’Innocenti, Director of MArTA; Salvatore Bonomo, ABAP Superintendent of Basilicata; the Mayor of Policoro Enrico Mascia and the curators of the exhibition.
The two bronze plates constitute the most important written document of Magna Grecia. Engraved on both sides, in Greek and Latin, they allow us to reconstruct the transformations of the city of Herakleia from its foundation by Taranto at the end of the fifth century BC. until the acquisition of the status of a Roman municipality, attributed to the city, now Eraclea, in the first half of the 1st century BC
The Greek inscription is a regulation for the management of land dedicated to Dionysus and Athena and for their redistribution for production purposes; the Latin one is a compendium of municipal laws from the late Republican era.
The Tables are a fundamental document for understanding the social, polyrical and economic history of the territory of Siritide.
The exhibition aims to intertwine the long classical tradition of exegesis of the Tables with the results of archaeological investigations from the discovery of the famous Tomb of the Painter of Policoro in 1963 up to the excavations and reconnaissance still ongoing in the city and in the terrotorio.
At the same time, the exhibition is the starting point to evoke the most recent phenomenon of the Land Reform of the 50s of the last century - in various aspects close to the dynamics that transpire from the Tables - placing it in parallel with the concomitant start of archaeological explorations in the area , thanks to the far-sighted action of Dinu Adamesteanu, the first archaeologist Superintendent of Basilicata and founder of the Museum of Siritide.