Exhibition, ‘Roma Universalis’,
‘The Empire and the Dynasty that came from Africa’,
Rome, the Roman Forum,
15th November 2018 – 25th August 2019
This exhibition (entrance to which is included in Colosseum and Roman Forum tickets) has been running now for a month, and will run until late August 2019. The Severian Dynasty – of North African origin – are a fundamental keystone in the history of Rome and the Roman Empire; this exhibition, then, focuses on what was the last great period of the Empire, a final period of stability before the eventual fall of Empire.
The key elements of the exhibition are the buildings and areas that were built or restored by the dynasty, notably the Colosseum, the Forum and the Templum Pacis. Running through everything is the theme of society, and the reforms introduced, how these shaped the relationship with Roman Emperors.
Attention shifts to the artistic legacy, an example of this being the cycle of sculptures from Elagabalus’s baths, on show at the temple of Romolus for the very first time.
Below is a video, in Italian but with English sub-titles that will give some background to the exhibition.