Roman history

AURELIAN WALLS: 80 “NEW” METERS JUST UNCOVERED!

AURELIAN WALLS: 80 “NEW” METERS JUST UNCOVERED!

A brand new section of the Museum of the Walls might been open in Rome, following the few days ago discovery of no less than 80 meters Aurelian Walls (3rd cent. AD) in St. John Lateran’s Archbasilica area.
The event was totally unexpected as scholars assumed this section of the Walls was lost as a consequence of the radical rearrangements which took place in the area in the middle of the 18th century to renovate St. John Lateran’s facade: the Walls were supposedly torn down or collapsed on that occasion – an idea reinforced by the lack of references in the scientific literature.
The extent of the discovery is invaluable: eleven arches, two towers, even traces of medieval painting (as those walls served as shelters to hermits during the Middle Age), plus a complex hydraulic system of the modern era (from the 17th century) and slits for archers with visible amendments after the invention of gunpowder.
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AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

AUGUSTUS, OR NEVER DYING GREATNESS

Among the several exhibitions currently in Rome, we strongly suggest not to skip a couple of events focused on Augustus, the first of Roman Emperors, who died not too far from Neaples in 14 AD after a long life rich of those achievements which make of him one of the greatest Roman personalities ever.
The two exhibitions were set up in 2014 to commemorate 2000 years after his death, and will still be running until May/June 2015:
“KEYS TO ROME – THE CITY OF AUGUSTUS”, at Trajan’s Markets, 9 am- 7 pm (Mon closed);
“AUGUSTUS REVOLUTION”, Roman National Museum at Palazzo Massimo, 9 am – 7.45 pm (Mon closed).
The two observe Augustus’ age under different perspectives. “Keys to Rome” is part of a European joint project involving the cities of Amsterdam (Netherlands), Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) and Alexandria (Egypt) as well: four different museums in fours different spots of the former Roman Empire to highlight four different aspects of the Roman world.
The latter analyzes one of the most significant reforms by August in Roman society: the introduction of new festivities and anniversaries in the calendar, showing us like time calculation could be used as a tool for propaganda.
Both the exhibits make use of highly refined technologies to guarantee visitors’ immersion into Augustus’ 2000 years old world.
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