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What did it take to run an empire? Rome's Capitoline Museums looks into it

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EUGENIO LA ROCCA 
Professor of Classical Archeology
"It's the time when the Roman Empire reached its peak under the rule of four emperors, who were particularly suited, from an administrative point of view. They were capable of governing with special attention to the needs of the provinces of the Empire.”

Roman emperors Trajan, Hadrian, Antoninus
and Marcus Aurelius are the stars of the show. There are plenty of portraits and statues that reflect how their image was used for propaganda and political purposes, during their rule. They also show the cultural enrichment of that time period. 

EUGENIO LA ROCAN 
Professor of  Classical Archeology
"They were emperors who knew how to manage the empire efficiently.  They did not squander money, and if they did, it was only done to fund a war.”

The exhibition also traces the transition of figurative art, as seen from the time of Trajan to Marcus Aurelius.

EUGENIO LA ROCAN 
Professor of  Classical Archeology 
"The exhibit exemplifies this transformation. For example, we first see a plastic image from the classical tradition, but then we see others that use shadows and lights, which tends to represent dramatacism.”

The title of the exhibit, translates to 'The Age of Balance.' It marks the third exhibition of a larger cultural project that showcases the history of the Roman Empire through art. It will run until May 5, 2013 in the Capitoline Museums of the Eternal City.


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