Magnificence and luxury in the Roman age: spaces and forms of power between public and private, is the title of Light on archeology 2023, the history and art meetings at the Teatro Argentina born from a project of the Teatro di Roma - Teatro Nazionale, with the contribution of the National Institute of Roman Studies, the monthly periodical Archeo and Dialogues Raccontare L'arte.
The cultural event, now in its ninth edition, this year offers highly fascinating themes that revolve around the aspiration of the upper classes of society to seek the luxury and opulence of the Hellenistic courts, as symbols of both political and personal prestige. The meetings therefore not only delve into the life of some of the protagonists of a particular and extraordinary historical moment such as Augustus, Livia or Cleopatra, but also retracing an exceptional archaeological documentation: the paintings, the inlays, the glass pastes, the gold , the mosaics, the inscriptions, the marble decoration of the villas and palaces are just some of the distinctive features of Roman society between the end of the republican age and the beginning of the imperial age.
The meetings also highlight in particular how the need for representation and ostentation of luxury by a culture enriched by contact with the other peoples of the Mediterranean and ancient Lazio and a vision of art as an experience of beauty, civilization, civil identity, are the basis of the language of the Roman patricians, which asserted itself despite the severe sumptuary laws enacted at the time.
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Dal 15 gennaio al 16 aprile 2023
Domenica 15 e 29 gennaio
Domenica 12 e 26 febbraio
Domenica 12 e 26 marzo
Domenica 16 aprile