Assassin’s Creed developer Ubisoft is teaming up with the British Library to launch the new Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth exhibit. The exhibit is now open and will run through February 19, 2023.
With an emphasis on exploring the many stories surrounding the iconic figure, the exhibit focuses on how various religions and cultures have adapted Alexander the Great for over 2000 years. The exhibition sheds light on ancient papyri, television series and video games involving Alexander, with Ubisoft contributing the graphics and immersive tech for a recreation of Alexander’s tomb.
“Piece together an epic tale 2,000 years in the telling,” States the British library on its website. “From astrological clay tablets, ancient papyri, and medieval manuscripts to Hollywood and Bollywood movies and cutting-edge videogames, our major exhibition crosses continents to explore the fantastical stories that turned legacy into legend.”
Exhibits from around the globe
Alexander the Great: The Making of a Myth features roughly 140 exhibits from 25 different countries, exploring how the real man’s story morphed into legend. A replica of Alexander the Great’s alleged Egyptian sarcophagus with a projection of a digital reconstruction from the Assassin’s Creed Origins video game.
According to Thierry Noel, Ph.D. in History and Lead Inspirational Content Advisor at Ubisoft, the dev team drew inspiration from various sources since little is known about Alexander’s actual sarcophagus and burial site.
“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. 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.” says, Curator of Ancient and Medieval Manuscripts at the British Library Peter Toth.
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