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Happy birthday Julius Caesar!

The National Museum of Australia is celebrating Julius Caesar’s birthday today with cake in the lead up to the Rome: City and Empire exhibition opening on 21 September 2018. The Museum is the exclusive Australian venue for this exhibition from the British Museum, with tickets on sale from today.

Five people dressed in Roman costumes stand around a cake shaped like a Roman coin
Museum staffers and sometime Romans (from left) Lily Withycombe, Daniel Oakman, Therese Osborne, Dave Kozicki and Janet Angus with the opulent Caesar's coin cake, created by Julian Birt of Elegant Slice.

British Museum exhibition

Rome: City and Empire tells stories of the ‘eternal city’ and the might and power of the ancient empire, which continues to intrigue 3000 years after its foundation.

The exhibition features more than 200 objects with highlights including an emotive marble statue of a bearded barbarian captive; a gold and jasper sealstone ring depicting Mark Antony; a Pompeii fresco; and one of the finest bronze cavalry parade masks in existence.

Pre-sale ticket competition

Rome: City and Empire is on show in Canberra from 21 September 2018 to 3 February 2019. Tickets bought online before the exhibition opens go into the draw for the win a trip for two to Canberra competition.

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