Archaeology Travel, Italy, Museum, Roman art, Rome

When in Rome… a visit to the Centrale Montemartini

During a recent trip to Rome, I paid a long overdue visit to the Centrale Montemartini, an annexe of the Capitoline Museums located on the Via Ostiense just beyond Porta San Paolo. Centrale Montemartini was Rome's first electrical power station when it opened in 1912, and was later converted into a museum of ancient Roman… Continue reading When in Rome… a visit to the Centrale Montemartini

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When in Rome… visiting the House of Livia on the Palatine Hill

I recently wrote on the series of special events that took place in Rome last year in celebration of the 2000th anniversary of Emperor Augustus’ death. My last post focussed on the 'House of Augustus' (see here) and today I will concentrate on the ‘House of Livia’ in this follow-up piece. First excavated in 1839,… Continue reading When in Rome… visiting the House of Livia on the Palatine Hill

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When in Rome… visiting the House of Augustus on the Palatine Hill

Last year Rome celebrated the 2000th anniversary of Emperor Augustus’ death. To commemorate the date, a series of special events and openings were launched in the Italian capital, including the opening of new parts of the ‘House of Augustus’ and ‘House of Livia’ on the Palatine Hill. After years of restoration works, new lavishly frescoed… Continue reading When in Rome… visiting the House of Augustus on the Palatine Hill

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The Hadrianeum and the personifications of provinces

Just a short walk from the Pantheon, in Piazza di Pietra, are the majestic remains of the Temple of the deified Hadrian (Hadrianeum) built by Antoninus Pius, Hadrian's adopted son and successor. Of the original temple, only eleven columns with capitals and the cella wall are still visible today. In 1696, during the pontificate of… Continue reading The Hadrianeum and the personifications of provinces

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The Hadrianic reliefs from the Arch of Portugal (Arco di Portogallo), Rome

About halfway along today's via del Corso, once called via Lata, a large arch of Roman age spanned the street up to the mid 17th century. It was earlier known as the Arcus Hadriani, but from the sixteenth century it was called Arco di Portogallo (Arch of Portual) because it adjoined the residence of the Portuguese ambassador,… Continue reading The Hadrianic reliefs from the Arch of Portugal (Arco di Portogallo), Rome

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Photoset: The temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Rome

The Temple of Divus Antoninus and Divus Faustina (Templum Divi Antonini et Divae Faustinae) was  built by the emperor Antoninus Pius in A.D. 141 on the north side of the Via Sacra shortly after the death of his wife, the empress Faustina. When Antoninus Pius died in A.D. 161 (on 7th March), the temple was… Continue reading Photoset: The temple of Antoninus and Faustina, Rome

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Monsters and mythical creatures invade Rome (photos)

The Roman National Museum at Palazzo Massimo is hosting a superb and original exhibition called “Mostri, creature fantastiche della paura e del mito” (Monsters, fantastic creatures of fear and myth). The show brings together over 100 works from 40 museums, depicting fantastical creatures, all in a series of dark passages intended to resemble the Minotaur’s… Continue reading Monsters and mythical creatures invade Rome (photos)

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The Nerva-Antonines in Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

The National Roman Museum Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome houses one of the world's most important collections of Greek and Roman art. On the four floors of the museum, sculptures, frescoes and mosaics, coins and jewels document the evolution of the Roman artistic culture from the late Republican age through Late Antiquity. In the rooms… Continue reading The Nerva-Antonines in Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome

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Antinous as Dionysus, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen

Inv. N° 1960, exhibited in the Central Hall. Found ca. 1700 in the Garden of the now-demolished Villa Casali in Rome. Called the "Antinous Casali," after its origin. «Der Kopf wird von vielen für den schönsten gehalten» (Friedrich von Ramdohr, 1787)

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Magnum incendium Romae (the Burning of Rome, 64 AD) – Nero the Arsonist on screen

This week marks the anniversary of the Great Fire of Rome, one of the worst disasters ever to hit the Eternal City. This tragic event took place during the reign of Nero in 64 AD. The fire began in the merchant area of the city near the Circus Maximus  and rapidly spread through the dry, wooden… Continue reading Magnum incendium Romae (the Burning of Rome, 64 AD) – Nero the Arsonist on screen