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Rome: City and Empire

Rome: City and Empire

A civilisation that changed the world

21 September 2018 to 3 February 2019 | Temporary Gallery | Tickets on sale soon

The stories of Rome and its vast empire continue to captivate audiences almost 3000 of years after its foundation. Rome: City and Empire brings to Canberra more than 200 of the British Museum’s most engaging and beautiful Roman objects. They tell the story of how Rome grew from a series of small villages to become a mighty empire. Witness and grandeur of ancient Rome and appreciate the rich diversity of its peoples.

Exhibition highlights

  • Side view of a sculpted head
    Head resembling Cleopatra
  • An image showing both sides of the gold medallion of Constantius. On the left is the side profile of a man, with Roman text around the edge. On the right is an image of one man knelling before another.
    Medallion of Constantius I
  • A bronze parade helmet with a woman’s face.
    Parade helmet
  • Silver and gold horse jewellery depicting various animal forms and shapes.
    Horse trappings
  • A decorative brooch.
    Chatelaine brooch
  • A marble statue of a Roman man wearing robes and holding a scroll in his left hand.
    Roman orator
  • A marble carving showing a group of adults and a child standing under a canopy of branches.
    Christian sarcophagus

School programs

October to December 2018

Plan your school visit to take advantage of the Museum's Rome: City and Empire school programs, aligned with the Australian Curriculum. Teacher-guided, Museum-guided and after hours tours are available.

More on school programs


The presentation of this exhibition is a collaboration between the British Museum and the National Museum of Australia. Images © Trustees of the British Museum

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The British MuseumVisit CanberraDeBortoli family winemakers. Estd 1928