February 23–May 28, 2018

Rome: City and Empire

Ingram Gallery

  • Statue head of Augustus (Rome, Italy), 30–25 BC. Marble, 14 3/4 x 8 1/4 x 8 5/8 in. The British Museum, 1888,1210.1. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Relief showing two female gladiators (Halicarnassus [modern Bodrum], Turkey), 1st–2nd century AD. Marble, 25 3/8 x 30 1/2 x 7 1/8 in. The British Museum, 1847,0424.19. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Statue of Mithras slaying a bull (Italy), 2nd century AD. Marble, 31 1/2 x 43 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. The British Museum, 1805,0703.270. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Mosaic panel (Halicarnassus [modern Bodrum], Turkey), 2nd century AD. Stone, 39 3/4 in. diameter. The British Museum, 1857,1220.416. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Fragment of gilded wall painting (Nero’s Golden House, Rome, Italy), AD 54–68. Painted plaster and gold, 7 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. The British Museum, 1908,0417.5. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Wine cup (skyphos) (Pompeii, Italy), AD 1–30. Silver, 3 1/2 in. height; 3 7/8 in. diameter. The British Museum, 1960,0201.2. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Armlet (Drummond Castle, Scotland), about AD 50–200. Copper alloy and enamel, 3 3/8 x 4 3/4 in.; 5 3/8 in. diameter. The British Museum, 1838,0714.3a. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Funerary relief of a woman (Palmyra, Syria), AD 200–273. Limestone, 21 x 16 7/8 x 9 1/2 in. The British Museum, 1885,0418.1. © The Trustees of the British Museum

  • Funerary monument (Italy), about AD 100–110. Marble, 36 1/8 x 65 x 26 3/4 in. The British Museum, 1858,0819.1. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate and intrigue people almost three thousand years after its foundation. Rome: City and Empire brings to Nashville more than two hundred of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire.

The British Museum’s exceptionally broad collections have enabled the creation of a truly inspiring experience. Visitors will explore how the empire was won and held and learn about the rich diversity of her peoples. The exhibition is an accessible introduction to the Roman imperial period, yet also provides a range and depth of material for those with an existing interest in Roman history.

The Frist Center is the exclusive North American venue.


The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

 

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