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Rome: City and Empire Exhibition at the National Museum

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All roads lead to Rome
"All right, but apart from the sanitation, the medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh-water system, and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us?"
Reg in Monty Python's Life of Brian



The glory days of ancient Rome have long gone, but the ancient Romans continue to influence us to this day. Rome "continues to underpin Western culture and politics," says historian Mary Beard in her best-selling book,SPQR: A History of Ancient Rome. And "we do ourselves a disservice if we fail to take them (the Romans) seriously-and if we close our long conversation with them."

Fortunately here in Canberra, we are continuing this long conversation with the ancient Romans, in the spectacular 'Rome: City Empire' exhibition currently showing at the National Museum of Australia.

Long live the Eternal City
The 'Rome: City Empire' exhibition features over 200 objects from the British Museum which capture the grandeur and glory as well as the everyday life of the vast empire that was Rome. From a pre-Roman Etruscan burial urn dating from 900-800 BCE to a statue head of the very first Emperor Augustus made around 30 BCE to a small silver plaque from the 4th century CE found in England and inscribed with the Greek letters for Christ, the 'Rome: City Empire' exhibits showcase over 1000 years of ancient Roman history.
Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Burial urn from the Alban Hills, Italy. Dated 900-800 BCE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Statue head of the first Emperor, Augustus. Dated around 30BCE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Christian plaque from England, dated 4th century CE. The triangular-shaped plaque is inscribed with the two Greek letters for Christ, X and P.


The exhibition features many objects that showcase Rome's Emperors, military conquests and glories, and the elite society and culture that we often view Rome through. But many of the exhibits also capture everyday life and worship, Rome's far-flung provinces, and the lives of women, children, slaves, gladiators, and foreigners-the people who usually don't have a voice in ancient Roman history.

A significant feature of the exhibition is the Hoxne Treasure, which was found in Suffolk, England in 1992. The Hoxne Treasure consists of a hoard of gold and silver coins, gold jewellery and small items of silver tableware that was buried sometime after 407 CE, at a time when Roman rule was breaking down in England.
Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Silver spoons from the Hoxne treasure, England. Dated late 4th century-early 5th century CE.


Spanning a vast period and coming from all over the Empire, the 'Rome: City Empire' exhibition's objects offer fascinating glimpses into this ancient world.
Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
The emperor Commodus who ruled from 177-192 CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Coin struck by the emperor Trajan (ruled 98-117 CE) to commemorate his victory over the Dacians in 106 CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Roman legionary soldier's helmet without the cheek pieces. From england, dated 1st century CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Relief from Turkey (dated 1st-2nd century CE) showing two female gladiators advancing to attack.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Funerary relief of a Roman citizen from Palmyra, Syria, dated 200-273 CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Mosaic panel from the floor of a rich house in Turkey, dated 4th century CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Samian ware bowls made in Gaul from the 1st to 3rd centuries CE. Very popular tableware across the Roman world!

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Amphora dated 72-25 BCE, used to transport wine all around the Mediterranean and north-western provinces.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Protective amulet worn by boys eight to nine days after birth and right up to their 16th birthday in order to ward off evil spirits. This amulet belonged to a wealthy family in Italy, dated 5th-2nd century BCE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
A gladiator's ticket to freedom! This ticket tells us that the slave Moderatus was discharged from his duty as a gladiator by his owner on Oct 5, 88 CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Military diploma from Hungary, dated 122 CE. This diploma grants a retiring soldier, Gemellus, with the much-coveted Roman citizenship after 25 years' service.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Statue of a priestess, from Italy. Dated 25-50 CE.

Rome: City Empire Exhibition at the National Museum
Persian headdresses were all the rage in Rome! Dated 2nd century CE.


Rome: City Empire' is now showing at the National Museum until February 3, 2019. Tickets cost: Adult $24, Child $12 (ages 516), Concession $20 (student and concession card holders) and Family $60 (2 adults and 2 children, under-fives free, extra children $12). You can buy your tickets at the museum or online here. Please be aware that there is also pay parking at the museum during weekdays.

The National Museum is located at Lawson Crescent, Acton Peninsula, Canberra.

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Why? Your chance to marvel at the wonders, glory and grandeur of ancient Rome, right here in Canberra!
When: From September 21, 2018 to February 3, 2019. Open from 8am-7pm.
Phone: Freecall: 1800 026 132
Where: National Museum of Australia Lawson Crescent Acton Peninsula, Canberra ACT 2601
Cost: Adult $24 Child $12 (ages 516) Concession $20 (student and concession card holders) Family $60
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fantastic to see and the giftshop in the main foyer....if you have the time.
by dond (score: 1|44) 53 days ago
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