In 2014 Rome launched two great exhibitions in order to commemorate 2000 years after the death of her first emperor, Augustus, expired on 19 August 14 AD. Augustus’ governance on what became with him the Roman Empire (previously being just a Republic) was remarkable in many ways, which the two exhibitions open until May/June 2015 intend to show in a very catchy way.
The first of them is at the Trajan’s Markets – facing the Imperial Fora – and it’s much more than a simple exhibit: it’s in fact part of a colossal project involving three more cities beyond Rome, that is to say Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Alexandria (Egypt). This European joint project wants each city to show visitors the Roman times from different perspectives, consistently with the four different geographical positions they had even in the former Roman Empire. Common ground of the four different setups is the celebration of Augustus through the most interactive technologies, which will virtually throw public into a 2000 years old world and will bring new life to the ancient ruins disclosing their own original shapes and colors.
The second exhibit takes place at Palazzo Massimo – few steps away from Termini Station – and is focused on one of the several reforms by Augustus: the renovation of Roman calendar by introducing new festivities and anniversaries. The exhibit shows the Roman solutions for time calculation and highlights the propaganda purposes laying behind time control.
– “KEYS TO ROME – THE CITY OF AUGUSTUS”, Trajan’s Markets, 9 am- 7 pm (Mon closed)
– “AUGUSTUS REVOLUTION”, Roman National Museum at Palazzo Massimo, 9 am – 7.45 pm (Mon closed).
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