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The show

In the long centuries between the enterprise of Alexander the Great and the advent of Islam, the horizons of the known world expanded as never before. In that world cities were born as we conceive them today, places of interrelations within a capillary connective network that united the Mediterranean to China.

In one of the most neuralgic points of this global network - central Mesopotamia - capitals of unequaled importance and size were founded, in a process that culminated with the founding of Baghdad.

The first capital founded in that place was, at the end of the 4th century BC, Seleucia al Tigri, a metropolis as extensive as Turin in the eighteenth century, which was followed, on the other side of the river, by the mythical Ctesiphon, later integrated in the 3rd century AD with the round city of Coche (or Veh Ardashir). These two poles of attraction on the opposite banks of the Tigris rivaled and prospered for centuries, alternating in holding up the fortunes of empires that were Rome's counterparts.

Beginning in 1964, the excavations carried out by the Archaeological Research and Excavation Center of Turin for the Middle East and Asia at the sites of Seleucia and Coche, brought to light housing structures and artifacts of various kinds.

The exhibition, curated by Vito Messina, Alessandra Cellerino, Enrico Foietta with the collaboration of Claudia Ramasso, presents a selection of about 40 small specimens of ceramics, terracotta, glass and everyday objects found in the two cities, bringing production into dialogue from the Hellenistic-Parthian age, coming from the site of Seleucia, with the sasanid one of Coche.

There are no collections in Europe of archaeological finds from Seleucia and Coche, with the exception of those preserved today at the MAO: in the world, only the Kelsey Museum in Ann Arbor (Michigan) and the Iraq Museum in Baghdad boast similar collections. This exhibition, conceived as part of the Collections (in) visible project, of the Department of Historical Studies of the University of Turin, funded by the CRT Foundation, is one of the rare opportunities offered to the general public to confront the history of large and little known ones city, and those from Turin who rediscovered them.

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