LONDON, UK, 20TH October, 2022 — Today, Ubisoft reveals more information about their partnership with the British Library on Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth, the first exhibition to explore the rich history of storytelling of one of the most famous figures of the ancient world, which will run from this Friday, 21st October through to 19th February 2023. From astrological clay tablets, ancient papyri and medieval manuscripts to comics, TV series and cutting-edge videogames, this major new exhibition reveals how Alexander’s character has been adapted and appropriated by different cultures and religions over 2,000 years.
Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth, supported by The Kusuma Trust and Ubisoft, will feature around 140 exhibits from 25 countries in over 20 languages and will explore how Alexander’s legacy has turned into legend, a transformation that started when he was alive and continues today.
The exhibition culminates with a replica of Alexander’s supposed sarcophagus from Egypt, 345 BC set within a digital reconstruction created by Ubisoft as part of the Assassin’s Creed Origins video game and projected on three walls.
Thierry Noel, PhD in History and Lead Inspirational Content Advisor at Ubisoft, said: “Little is known about Alexander’s final resting place, so our teams drew on a number of sources of inspiration for the design for his tomb in the opus Assassin’s Creed Origins. We’re so proud to be able to work with a respected institution such as the British Library to bring Alexander the Great’s tomb chamber to three-dimensional life in this way.”
“We’re thrilled that Ubisoft has provided a large-scale digital reconstruction of Alexander’s tomb chamber, which visitors can explore at the end of the exhibition,” says Peter Toth, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the British Library. “This content is a vital addition to the exhibition, not only because of the remarkable atmosphere created by its designer Jean-Claude Golvin, which comes to life in the exhibition space, but also because it is a perfect fit for the exhibition’s main message that – despite the thousands of years that have passed – Alexander the Great is still alive, relevant, and inspirational today.”
The British Library is indebted to the Patricia G. and Jonathan S. England – British Library Innovation Fund, as well as the American Trust for the British Library, The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, The Hellenic Foundation, London, and Professor James H. Marrow and Dr Emily Rose for their support towards the development of this exhibition.
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