THE ROOTS OF
The archaeological collection
The entire collection consists of 300 pieces, all from the Roman period and dating from between the second and fifth century AD, with the exception of a fourth-century-BC Greek relief. The exhibition brings together, for the first time, the three cores that make up the collection of antiquities owned by Assicurazioni Generali: finds from the excavations that were made at the beginning of the 20th century during the construction of the Assicurazioni Generali Palazzo, and the two lots found in the 19th century. In the exhibition layout, numbering in different colours helps to identify which collection lot the single finds originally belong to.
The exhibition itinerary
Roots of the Present stems from the Assicurazioni Generali Company’s wish to offer a solid and lasting contribution to the cultural system.
The didactic approach of this museum was designed with the purpose of fostering a direct relationship with the exhibits, seeking a compromise between the fascinating complexity of ancient finds and the ability to stimulate young visitors’ curiosity. The various rooms crossed by the itinerary allow to explore, with an alternation of different display solutions, the context of the archaeological excavation (Room A – “The finds unearthed beneath the Palazzo”), the rooms of everyday life in ancient Rome (Rooms B -“The Domus” and C – “The viridarium”), public spaces (Rooms E- “The Forum, public buildings and the spaces of the gods” and F – “The historical commemorative bas-relief”) and the afterlife world with its rituals and beliefs (Rooms G – “Burial rites in ancient Rome”, H – “Identity in the funereal world”, I – “The past as a memory of the future”, L – “Sarcophagi of the Merolli – FATA collection”, M – “The funeral inscriptions”).
The presence of a series of “habitable sets”, spaces where the archeological findings and the documents in archive become interpreters of a narration able to create direct contact with the ancient world, offers the opportunity to appreciate the historical stratification of the block where the building is located, the evolution of Piazza Venezia, the worship of household gods, Trajan’s Column and the relationship with the world of the dead. Particular emphasis was given to the archaeological finds unearthed in this area of Rome during the construction of the building that houses them today. They offer a rare opportunity to discover and describe the urban evolution of this part of the city over the centuries.
The scientific panels in each room provide all the information needed to navigate the exhibition itinerary. The digital catalogue contains photos and captions of all the exhibits, while each room’s fact sheets, a set of didactic files illustrating in each room the ancient context in which the artifacts were located, provide thematic analyses and educational materials that visitors can pick up and take home. Browsing this website you can download the catalogue of exhibits.