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rediscover the grandeur of Rome in an event exhibition


It took more than two years of work before presenting this new temporary exhibition at the Louvre-Lens to the general public. Rome, the city and the empire. How did the city become the capital of a huge empire? What did belonging to this empire mean and how did the Romans live on a daily basis? So many questions answered by the exhibition. A total of 400 works are presented. Those from the Louvre in Paris have never been seen together outside the museum. An event to discover until July 25th.

To understand this civilization and plunge the visitor into the heart of Roman life, the chosen scenography offers a not chronological, but thematic route. For the evocation of banquets for example, an essential part of life in Rome, various utensils and magnificent mosaics are exhibited. “Banquets are a very important social moment in the life of a citizen, which is at the crossroads between private and public life. It is a moment when the householder will invite his professional relations and he will take to show his wealth, his social and cultural level to his guests”, explains Cécile Giroire, curator of the exhibition.

Another theme addressed, that of the taste for circus games. A widespread practice throughout the Empire, with everywhere the passion for gladiator fights and chariot races. Objects and helmets are notably presented. “With gladiatorial games there is an exaltation of violence”, believes Martin Szewczyk, curator of the exhibition, “These are games that celebrate virile, martial, warlike violence. There is also this aspect of warding off violence within the city” .

rediscover the grandeur of Rome in an event exhibition

Another theme addressed: what does it mean to be a Roman in this gigantic empire? The visitor will also discover the importance of urbanization and the monumentalization of cities. Amphitheatres, aqueducts and temples, from Gaul to the Mediterranean shores, everywhere we find the same codes and construction methods. A total immersion in Roman life. An exciting and rich journey of many objects, mosaics and sculptures.

rediscover the grandeur of Rome in an event exhibition

Exhibition “Rome, the city and the empire” – until July 25, 2022 at the Louvre-Lens, 99 rue Paul Bert 62300 Lens – Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday Free for under 18s / 18-25 years old: €5 / full price: €11




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