Senior Curator Judith Swaddling uncovers the ancient Greek origins of the long-distance endurance race, revealing the original 'marathon runner'.
The Battle of Marathon was fought #onthisday in 490 BC – probably best-known as the inspiration for the modern-day athletic event. According to Herodotus, when the Athenians learned that the Persians had landed at Marathon, a messenger named Pheidippides ran to Sparta with a request for help. This original ‘marathon runner’ covered 260 kilometres of rugged terrain in less than two days!
Find out more about the origins of the Marathon in this blog post
We’ve been busy installing the final objects for our #Scythians exhibition, which opens this Thursday. These small plaques are examples of expert Scythian craftsmanship – they depict feline predators ..
Are you brave enough to try some buggy snacks at Cafe Insecta? BugFest 2017 is almost here!