Rome set to celebrate 2000th anniversary of Augustus

Reopenings, apps, new exhibits to mark emperor's life and times

05 August, 15:56

    Rome celebrates the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Augustus Rome celebrates the 2,000th anniversary of the death of Augustus

    (ANSAmed) - ROME - A full calendar of special events planned to mark the 2,000th anniversary on August 19 of the death of Augustus, the first emperor of Rome, was announced on Tuesday by Minister of Cultural Heritage Dario Francheschini and Special Superintendent for the Archaeological Heritage of Rome Mariarosaria Barbera. On the Palatine Hill, the route available for public viewing in the House of Augustus will be doubled, and there will be new Augustus-themed routes through the Palatine Museum.

    Other special events to mark the anniversary will be held at the House of Livia, Augustus's third wife; at the Mauseoleum of Cecilia Metella, which was built during Augustus's reign; as well as at the Diocletian Baths; the Antiquarium at the Villa of Livia; the Crypta Balbi Museum; and Palazzo Massimo, the National Roman Museum. From October 2013 to February 2014, in anticipation of the anniversary, the Scuderie del Quirinale hosted a massive exhibition dedicated to Augustus, which brought together various pieces of cultural heritage related to the emperor from many museums both locally in Rome and abroad.

    For that exhibition, the Louvre in France lent the statue Marcellus as Hermes Logios, a sculpture of Augustus's nephew that was brought there from Rome by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802; and the British Museum in London lent the Blacas cameo, a profile portrait of Augustus carved in onyx, which most likely dates to shortly after his death in 14 AD.

    Augustus was Julius Caesar's adopted son and became Rome's leader after defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra.

    Curators of the exhibition which ended on February 9, six months prior to the 2000th anniversary, said, "Under Augustus the Empire achieved its greatest expansion, spreading to cover the whole of the Mediterranean basin, from Spain to Turkey and from the Maghreb to Greece, and Germany.

    "The details of his life and dazzling career are known to us both from the emperor himself and from historians as Velleius Paterculus, Suetonius, Tacitus and Cassius Dio.

    "In fact there are very few other Roman emperors for whose life we have such a large number of written sources." The Mausoleum of Augustus, however, will remain closed during the period of festivities, as it awaits restoration.

    Mariarosaria Barbera said that the funds for the restoration, originally set at €4 million, were recently halved, and this has been cause for redimensioning of the original restoration project. (ANSAmed).

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