An exhibition in Rome’s Capitoline Museums explores the love and hate surrounding Roman Emperor Domitian, whose life has been erased from history due to his bad reputation.
Domitian ruled the Roman Empire from 81 AD to 96 AD, when he was assassinated in a conspiracy by court officials. His death marked the end of the Flavian dynasty.
Massimiliano Munzi curator of the exhibition at Capitoline Museums: “He is a character made of lights and shadows, and this very rich exhibition allows us to discover from his birth to his death and his successive decree condemning memory that was not enough to erase his legacy”
“We wanted to modify this approach and focus on the dichotomy between love and hate. A part of Roman society was favourable to the emperor, surely the army (as well), as they were given a rise in wages by the emperor, and the people, since Domitian invested a lot in shows.”
The exhibition, curated in Rome by the Sovrintendenza, was created to give at the public the opportunity to discover an emperor who is often forgotten, but who played an important role in the construction of Rome and its empire as we still see them today (Capitoline Museums).
Exhibition ”Domiziano Imperatore. Odio e amore”
13/07/2022 – 29/01/2023
Capitoline Museums, Villa Caffarelli
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