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The War Memorials of Imperial Rome

April 7, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Organizer: Penn Museum

Where: Virtual


Among the most characteristic features of ancient Rome are the war memorials that celebrated Roman victory throughout the Mediterranean, Europe, and the Middle East. Triumphal arches, monumental narrative columns, and large-scale battle paintings dominated the landscape of ancient Rome, as did war booty such as obelisks and Greek statuary that had been seized in conquered lands. All of these will be surveyed in this talk, along with war memorials of the 20th and 21st centuries that have been influenced by ancient Roman designs.