Emperor Claudius. Messalina, Agrippina and shadows of a dynasty.

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Emperor Claudius. Show Ara Pacis Roma


At Ara Pacis Museum, from 6 April to 27 October 2019, The exhibition traces the life of the first emperor born outside the Italian territory.

conceived by Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon, the ancient Lugdunum dove Claudio He was born on 1 August 10 a.C., the exhibition now opens in Italy. Curated by Claudio Parisi Presicce, Orietta Lucia Rossini and Spagnuolo, has about 170 works from across Europe, by adding more pieces not present in the previous French round.

The exhibition begins with the story of the death of Germanicus, the return of the ashes of the funeral rites that were held in his honor, to pass by Claudio political and administrative activity, and a space dedicated entirely to his wives. The well-maintained construction and built in detail, It involves through images, holograms and sound visions, making the visit smoother experience and impressive.

Among the works of great historical and archaeological interest we are:

  • the Tabula Claudiana which it shows the speech given by Claudius in the Senate in 48 d.C. opening to the cocks notables of the assembly senatorial. Clever the ability to listen to the speech in Latin and follow the writing through the correct lighting line by line.
  • the beautiful Cameo with the portrait of Claudius, coming straight from the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna. Interesting glass of blown glass half of the first century A.D., the British Museum in London, with chariots racing scenes.
  • The portrait ormolu minor Agrippina from Alba Fucens, borrowed from the Archaeological Survey, Fine Art and Landscape of Abruzzo.
  • The portrait of Germanicus, exposed for the first time, It depicts the celebration of the predestined to continue the dynastic line Julio-Claudian, prevented by a tragedy.

In addition to historical plaster models that illustrate the great architectural works by Claudio, like 'Claudio Aqueduct a Porta Maggiore, fragments of the Forma Urbis with the sole of Temple of Claudius, and the wonders of the Louvre, among which Claudio in nudity heroic it is to Messalina.

For much of Latin literature, Claudio seems an emperor by accident, incapable and victims of others' ambitions. The exhibition, Unlike, surprises with a reconstruction more in keeping with the historical truth about her figure: an educated man, author of works in Latin and greek, strong and authoritative, capable of directing economic development and administrative Empire.

Moreover, through historical and archaeological work recounted in the exhibition, Claudio It takes a rematch against his contemporaries and his immediate successors. A narrative permeated by the color red, that underlies the vital energy and the personality of a historical figure more detailed and complex than contemporary sources had given us.

Info, Timetable and prices

Emperor Claudius. Messalina, Agrippina and shadows of a dynasty.

From 6 April to 27 October 2019, Ara Pacis Museum

SCHEDULE: Every day h 9.30 – 19.30, (The ticket office closes one hour earlier) Closed 1 May.

TICKET: Adults € 11, Reduced € 9
Special school € 4 per student (Free entrance to an accompanying teacher each 10 students)
Special Family € 22 (2 more adult children below 18 years)
Integrated ticket Museum of Ara Pacis + Exhibition emperor Claudius
Adults € 17, Reduced € 13
For residents in the City of Rome (by showing a valid ID residency) Adults € 16, Reduced € 12

TEL.: 060608 (everyday 09.00 – 19.00)


L’ Emperor Claudius

Claudio Emperor becomes the considerable age, for the time, of fifty-two. For the succession Augusto He had preferred the brother of Claudio, Germanic who died in Antioch in 19 d.C under suspicious circumstances. The people and the army had chosen then the son of Germanic, Caligola, and his murder opened a political crisis resolved with the acclamation, for the first time, by praetorians Claudio new Emperor. Shadow, suspects, conspiracies and mysteries have accompanied him throughout his life. The four wives will mark its tragic events. In particular Messalina, described by Suetonius and Juvenal in his vices proverbial real or imagined, dead killed with the consent of the Claudio, e Agrippina, daughter of Germanic and sister Caligola, He considered responsible for his death, that will free the way for his son Nerone. Seneca made a merciless parody Claudio, He imagined even a transfiguration into a pumpkin in his work satirical Apocolocyntosis.