Dacia. The last frontier of the Roman Empire, an exhibition at the National Roman Museum in Rome, is a must-see for anyone interested in the history and culture of this fascinating region.
The exhibition, which runs from November 21, 2023 to April 21, 2024, features over 1,000 artifacts from 47 Romanian museums, as well as the National Museum of History of the Republic of Moldova. The objects on display trace the development of Dacia from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages, highlighting the rich cultural exchange between the region and the Roman Empire.
The exhibition is divided into four sections. The first section, “Dacia under Roman rule,” explores the Roman conquest of Dacia in the first century AD. This section includes a cast of a scene from Trajan’s Column, which depicts Dacian archers attacking Roman soldiers.
The second section, “The formation of Dacian culture,” examines the development of Dacian culture before the Roman conquest. This section features artifacts such as the Glykon Snake, a marble statue of a “good demon” that was believed to cure diseases.
The third section, “The encounter between Mediterranean and continental cultures,” explores the interaction between Dacian and Roman cultures. This section includes the Cotofenești gold helmet, a Thracian helmet decorated with scenes of sacrifice.
The fourth section, “The decline of the Roman Empire,” examines the fall of Roman rule in Dacia. This section features the Pietroasele treasure, a hoard of gold jewelry and other objects from the fourth century AD.
In addition to the artifacts on display, the exhibition also features a program of lectures and workshops. These events will provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the history and culture of Dacia.
If you are planning a trip to Rome, be sure to add the Dacia. The last frontier of the Roman Empire exhibition to your itinerary. This is a truly unique opportunity to learn about the rich and fascinating history of this region.