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Ancient Roman Artefacts

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Melinda Storey

on 6 September 2013

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The Mel Museum of Australia

Welcome to the Museum of Mel, be amazed and intrigued by the limited time exhibition-
'The Great Tour of Ancient Rome'
On display for a limited time...
Roman human remains... in London!!
Exquisite ancient architecture in 21st Century Rome
The clothes of those with might and power!
The weapons of the fierce and brave
The precious vases and crockery of the plebeians
Exquisite Roman Architecture
The Famous Colosseum
Ancient remains from a grave in London
Human Remains
These remains were found in west London . They were not used by the people of the time however, they do symbolise the way the Romans buried remains. They also show traits of the life of an ancient Roman, the symbolism of life and death and the idea that the Gods were important to all aspects of life and death.
The artifact is very important because it shows that the Romans did encounter conflict in far away lands that they had conquered.

Exquisite Architecture
The Colosseum is probably the most impressive building of the Roman Empire. Originally known as the Flavian Amphitheater, it was the largest building of the era. The monumental structure has fallen into ruin, but even today it is an imposing and beautiful sight. Emperor Vespasian, founder of the Flavian Dynasty, started construction of the Colosseum in 72 AD. It was completed in 80 AD, the year after Vespasian's death. The huge amphitheater was built on the site of an artificial lake, part of Nero's huge park in the center of Rome which also included the Golden House (Domus Aurea) and the nearby Colossus statue. This giant statue of Nero gave the building its current name.
Measuring 188m by 156m and reaching a height of more than 48 meters (159 ft). The magnificent structure was clad in marble and 160 larger-than-life statues graced the arches on the upper floors.
The Colosseum could accommodate some 55,000 spectators who entered the building through no less than 80 entrances. Above the ground are four stories, the upper story contained seating for lower classes and women.
The lowest story was preserved for prominent citizens. Below the ground were rooms with mechanical devices and cages containing wild animals. The cages could be hoisted, enabling the animals to appear in the middle of the arena.

Emperors used the Colosseum to entertain the public with free games. Those games were a symbol of prestige and power and they were a way for an emperor to increase his popularity.

Showed the ingenious and mastery in building and architecture however the use also showed the barbaric and violent nature of the ancient time.

The clothes of an Emperor
The Emperors new clothes
27 years before Jesus Christ was born, the Senate of Rome bestowed upon Octavian the title Augustus. Augustus became the first "Emperor", which comes from the military title imperator.

The most associated color with Roman Emperor Clothing is the color purple. Only a Roman Emperor was allowed to wear the 'trabea' which was a toga entirely colored in purple and worn on ceremonial occasions. Statues of gods were also dressed in the purple trabea toga, emphasising the importance of the color and of course associating the Emperor with the Roman gods. The purple toga was also referred to as the Toga purpurea. Lesser mortals such as kings, senators, young sons of senators, augurs and some other important priests were allowed to have purple stripes on their togas. The width of the stripe varied accordance to their status.
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