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The Art of the Command. The Legacy of Augustus

08.05.2014 - 07.09.2014

Ara Pacis explores the Emperor's politics and propaganda

As celebrations of the bimillennium since the death of Augustus continue, Rome hosts the exhibit L'arte del comando. L'eredità di Augusto, at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis until September 7th.
The event marks the first Roman Emperor's capacity to win the consensus and approval that would allow him to become a model and source of inspiration, even after his passing.
Articulated into 12 sections by theme and period, the exhibit begins with an homage to the "divine descendance" of the gens Julia, and takes a look at cult of personality propaganda. It then carries on to treat the diffusion and survival of the Augustan myth in both the Imperial and Christian ages, as well as those Medieval and Renaissance, before concluding with the Napoleonic era and 1900s Totalitarianism. 

Incisions, paintings, coins, mosaics, water colors, oils, sculptures and gems deriving from numerous museums, libraries and foundations delineate the journey of Augustus's art of command perfected over time, and evident today in the Ara Pacis itself.
The altar of Augustus, exhibited by way of a design by Richard Meier, is one of the foremost symbols of his power, along with the Forum of Augustus, and even The Aeneid, commissioned to Virgil for the exact purpose of highlighting the grandeur of the Juliae. 
Finally, in occasion of the 2,000 years since Augustus's death (August 19th, 14 C.E.), the Forum will be on view, embellished with 3D projections and vocal narrations transporting visitors to the Rome of 2,000 years ago.

Useful information

Tel. 060608 (tutti i giorni ore 9.00 – 21.00)

Tuesday-Sunday, 9 AM to 7 PM
No entries after 6 PM
Closed Monday

Museo Ara Pacis + mostra
Full Price for Non-Residents € 12
Reduce Price for Non-Residents € 10
Full Price, Residents € 11
Reduced Price, Residents € 9

How to get there

Where: Museo dell'Ara Pacis
City: Rome
Address: Lungotevere in Augusta
Region: Lazio