Byzantine Exhibit Includes Classical Themes

An exhibition of Byzantine artifacts shows how the classical style of the Greeks and Romans carried over into the Middle Ages. The Road to Byzantium: Luxury Arts of Antiquity, an exhibit which runs through September 3, 2006 at London's Sometset House, shows a wide range of pieces decorated with classical themes.

Telegraph columnist Richard Dorment found the classical art surprising in the collection owned by the State Hermitage Museum, especially since the Byzantine Empire was solidly Christian by this point in history.

A review of the exhibit may be read by clicking on "original article." A description of the exhibit itself may be found at: http://www.hermitagerooms.com/exhibitions/Byzantium/index.asp