What was once the Marcellus Theatre next to the remains of the Temple of Apollo in Rome.

Theatre of Marcellus in Rome:
Started by Julius Caesar, finished by Augustus and named for the later’s nephew, Marcellus.

Next year, 2014, will be the 2,000th anniversary of the Roman Emperor Augustus’s death. As the founder of the Roman Empire he was the Empire’s first and some would argue greatest Emperor. Under his forty year reign, from 27 BC to his death in 14 AD, the Empire saw its greatest expansion. And, as importantly he brought an end to the decades of internecine wars that saw the downfall of the Roman Republic, initiating an era of peace known as Pax Romana.

Perhaps it is not surprising then that Rome will be celebrating this anniversary next year, in style it seems. The Scuderie del Quirinale, together with the Musei Capitolini (Rome), and the Grand Palais and Louvre museums in Paris, are curating a major exhibition celebrating the life and career of Augustus, bringing together some of the most exquisite objects from Rome and the Provinces of Augustus’s reign. The exhibition will open 18 October 2013 at the Scuderie, closing here on 9 February 2014, when it will then move to the Grand Palais in Paris (19 March – 13 July 2014), a museum famed for its blockbuster exhibitions.

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Exhibitions Opening Next Week

  • 23 September, The Springtime of the Renaissance: Sculpture and the Arts in Florence, 1400-1460 at the Louvre (Paris, France),

News About Forthcoming Exhibitions

  • Tunisia celebrates archaeology, Islamic heritage in Seville, 25 October – 9 February
  • Augusto 18 October – 9 February 2014 Scuderie del Quirinale (Rome, Italy)
  • Vikings: life and legend, 6 March – 22 June 2014 British Museum (London, UK)
  • Moi Auguste, Empereur de Rome, 19 March – 13 July 2014 Grand Palais (Paris, France)

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Remains of the Temple of Mars Ultor that was set in the Forum of Augustus.

The steps and columns of what was a large temple in Augustus’s Forum.