The Ancient Rome Exhibition
Explore the Empire that Shaped the World
The Docklands Waterfront City Pavilion in
Melbourne is currently hosting a very special exhibition that will take
you back 2000 years to the world of the Ancient Romans.
As soon as you
step into the exhibition, it's almost like you are taken back through
time as you witness some amazing Roman artefacts from authentic Gladiator armour
to replicas of a variety of ancient technologies from catapults to cranes.
The Ancient Rome Exhibition
This exhibition comes from the
award-winning Italian Artisans that created The Da Vinci Machines
Exhibition and thanks to their dedication and love for history, they
have painstakingly recreated some of these ancient artefacts.
As you view
these ancient wonders, each of the artefacts on display has a
history piece on the item and their use in Roman times. The information
is also presented in bite-size chunks that doesn't overwhelm you with
too much reading and allows you to concentrate on the items themselves
with just enough information.
However apart from seeing these amazing
replicas like Vitruvian Crane, the highlight of the exhibition was the
interactivity of some of the items. Whether it was using an ancient
battery ram, the Vitruvian Watermill or playing an ancient Roman board
game, the interaction of some of the items really assists in drawing you
not only into the exhibition itself but also that of Ancient Rome.
The Military Genius of Rome and a bust
of Nero who fiddled while Rome burnt
One of the highlights of this exhibition
for me was learning the history behind some of the building techniques
of the Roman Empire. For example, one display is a replica of the
Calcatorian Crane which was made of wood and was over 10 metres tall.
This crane, thanks to a huge circular treadmill allowed Romans to lift
stone up to 21 tons in weight. As a result, this allowed the Ancient
Romans to build some of the greatest buildings in the world such as the
Replica of the Calcatorian Crane
A scale model of the Colosseum
The world's first calculator, the Abacus
Apart from the various artefacts on
display, there's plenty of other information to be found such as the
history of various Emperors such as August and the birth of the
modern calendar thanks to Julius Caesar which became known as the Julian
From the military genius of the Roman Empire such as the
military tactic known as the Testudo to the structural impressive roads of the Romans that led them
become one of the greatest and most powerful civilizations of ancient
times. The Ancient Roman Exhibition is definitely an exhibition
for the entire family that is like a time machine as you will be taken
on a journey at how the Romans shaped the world.
Gladiator and Roman Soldier Armour
The exhibition is open daily until the the
15th of July 2012, including public holidays and up until 8pm on Friday
nights. For those that want a more personal experience of the
exhibition, Museum Curator and Artisan Thomas Rizzo is available each
Friday night to share his knowledge on the Roman empire.
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