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Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum @ Qld Museum

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Forget Russell Crowe, find out about the real gladiators
Russell Crowe has a lot to answer for (quite apart from Noah... and that incident with the telephone). Crowe's portrayal of Maximus, the Roman General-turned-gladiator in Ridley Scott's Gladiator, gave us a Hollywood-ised version of gladiatorial contests. All those bronzed bodies, the clash of ringing steel and dramatic scenes of heroic combat made the whole gladiator thing seem a bit glamourous, when the truth is a lot more complex, and interesting, than you might think. If you want to know the reality behind the gladiator myth and the ultimate stage for their life and death battles the Colosseum then get along to Queensland Museum for Gladiators: Heroes of the Colosseum from 23 June 2017 to 28 January 2018.

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This international touring exhibition is a joint production of internationally-renowned museum exhibition network Expona and Contemporanea Progett (an organiser of exhibitions that feature Italy's artisitic heritage) with the collaboration of The Colosseum. It is a coup for Queensland Museum; you cannot see this fascinating exhibition anywhere else in Australia.

Seven Italian museums and historical institutions have contributed artefacts so authenticity is a hallmark of the exhibition. Of the many archaeological treasures on display you will find artefacts from The Colosseum that have never before been exhibited outside Italy. There are more than 120 original artefacts, some recovered from the ashes of Pompeii, for you to view.

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According to the museum's publicity material "the exhibition will explore four themes:

The origin and development of gladiatorial games

Gladiators

The Colosseum and the amphitheatre of the Roman Empire

One day in the Arena."

The exhibition combines traditional displays with models, as well as multimedia and interactive technology, to create a truly immersive experience where you can get to know the real-life world of gladiators. If you've ever been fascinated by these legendary heroes of the Colosseum you can now find out how they really lived, trained and worked in Ancient Rome.

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Image from Contemporanea Progetti website.


Exhibition Information
When: From Friday 23 June 2017 to Sunday 28 January 2018
Where: Queensland Museum, Level Three, Touring Exhibition Gallery
Tickets: are available online here.
Prices: Adult $18, Concession $16, Child $12, Family (2 Adults and 2 Children) $55. School bookings are available at reduced prices. Check here for details. My Museum members get a 10% discount on ticket prices and merchandise. All ticket prices include booking fees.

NB: Gladiators is a timed exhibition. The exhibition is open daily from 9.40am to 5pm. Entry times commence at 9.40am daily, then at 20 minute intervals until the last entry at 4pm.

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Image from Contemporanea Progetti website.

Just For Adults
After Dark


On selected Friday nights throughout the exhibition adults (18 ) can have their Gladiators experience when the kids have all gone home, and you can enjoy it with a glass of wine, some food, live entertainment and expert talks. Tickets are $24 (food and drink is extra) and can be purchased online here. After Dark dates are 23 June, 28 July, 1 September, 13 October, 3 November and 1 December 2017.

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Image from Contemporanea Progetti website.

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Why? Find out what gladiators were really like
When: From 23 June 2017 to 28 January 2018
Where: Queensland Museum
Cost: Varies. See article and website for details.
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