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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 70

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 70 – Roman Empire for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Rome used to be one of the most powerful empires in the world. But how did this happen? What were the events, people and circumstances that led to this shift in power? At the British Museum, today we discover the era of the rise of the Roman empire. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. The Portland Aase, 5-25 AD, by Unknown
2. Gold Aureus, 138 AD, by Unknown
3. The Meroë Head, 27-25BC, by Unknown

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • The gallery focuses on the Roman empire, specifically between the period of 753 BC to 324 AD.
  • The city of Rome was founded in 753 BC. According to legend, Romulus and Remus, the two sons of Mars established the city. Then, Romulus killed his brother, and named this new city after himself, declaring himself king.
  • Over the span of less than a 1,000 years, Rome went from being a quaint city to one of the most powerful centres in the world – for trade, art and most importantly, Christianity. For these reasons, the region gained immense geopolitical significance.
  • A diverse variety of objects are housed in this gallery. Ranging from ornaments, ceramic crafts to sculptures and more.

A Final Thought :

This gallery shows the genesis of one of the most powerful empires in human history. Every time we visit the British Museum, it feels more and more like a time capsule of world history. With each visit, you learn something new, discover a new culture, objects take on new meaning, art surrounds you and you hear the echoes of the past, inviting you in to come and explore.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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