rcReview: Rome – From the Origins to Italy’s Capital (Quebec City)

Well, since not a heckuva lot seems to be happening, I can do some catching up with things … one of the things we opened our summer up with was with a trip to Quebec City to drop one of our kids off at a French immersion course he was taking at Laval. While driving about, we noticed ads for something called Rome: From the Origins to Italy’s Capital at the Musée de la civilisation and it turned out it is a major exhibit of assorted items throughout Rome’s history (Roman times to the nineteenth century) .  Sadly, they didn’t let anyone take photos, but I feigned ignorance of that, so here’s a taste of some of the items … but I should note that the Capitoline she-wolf is the initial item as soon as you wade past the kiddie-campers plugging the entrance; the exhibition buys the made-in-medieval-times dating for that (we might have a post on that later; we’ve been chatting with Dorothy King on related matters). Anyhoo, here’s a couple of the items in the exhibition which I managed to record for posterity … first up, a bust of Virgil which I thought was rather too far back for proper viewing:

Bust of Virgil

Next, we have a very nice chief Vestal, which is probably familiar to many of you and a good indication of some of the quality items that make up the exhibition:


… and the last of the photos that turned out is an incredibly nice mosaic depicting the lighthouse at Alexandria (which I have never seen before):


Other items at the exhibition include a nice mosaic of an athlete, some surgical instruments and coins, a few sarcophagi (including some early Christian items) and other busts (there’s a section devoted to the Roman family), and a nice decree of Pompey from Spain. The medieval items are okay, as are the Renaissance items, but after that I sort of lost interest and kept wandering back to the ancient section. The exhibition is on until the end of January or thereabouts and is definitely worth a look if you’re in the area. In case you missed the official site link above, here it is again

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