HYPERBOREA – THE COUNTRY IN THE FAR NORTH
There is a country in the far north, populated by blond giants and where the sun never sets. This is a story that recurs in many ancient Greek and Roman myths and poems.
Among other things, the Greek god, Apollo, is said to have spent his winters in Hyperborea.
The Thracian king from KORYVANTES describes the journey to Bergen in September in the following manner: «The trip of a Thracian King to Hyperborea: The mythical land beyond the North Wind».
– The mythical land beyond the North Wind. Could that be Bergen?
– Hyperborea is a mythological place, but the Thracian king coming here believes it
is Bergen, says Petersen.
Read more about Hyperborea on Wikipedia
The visiting king will enable Bergen City Museum to exhibit not only the cultural artefacts, but also some of the culture and era from which the treasure comes.
– These are the genuine guardians of the golden treasure. They look as if they have come straight from a film set based in ancient times. The king will also be happy to be photographed together with members of the public, says Marketing Manager Strømsnes.
The Thracian king and his assistant will be in Bergen for the entire opening weekend.
LEGENDS IN GOLD: Marketing Manager Astrid M. Strømsnes in front of Bryggens Museum, which will be housing the exhibition. Photo: Tove K. Breistein
– During the opening weekend there will be a demonstration in pankration fighting (unarmed combat) «in honour of the gods», as was the practice in ancient times. The king and his bodyguard are skilled in martial arts.
She encourages everyone to use the exhibition’s official hashtag #legenderigull when they share their photographs on social media.
– The public should also take pictures of the magnificent gold artefacts in the exhibition. There are no restrictions on photography.
Welcome to «Legends in Gold – Thracian Treasures from Bulgaria» at Bryggens Museum from 2 September until 10 December 2017.