Giulio Cesare: L’uomo, le imprese, il mito

Julius Caesar (Giulio Cesare in Italian) is arguably one of Rome’s most historically important figures, whose ambitions and action shaped the future of the Roman Empire for better or for worse. Even though Caesar never lived to see the fruits of his accomplishments, Caesar’s ambitions set the stage for the long reign of Augustus as well as the future emperors of Rome.

There’s a new exhibition in Rome at the Chiostro del Bramante, entitled Giulio Cesare: l’uomo, le imprese, il mito (Julius Caesar : the man, the exploits, the myth) which looks at archaeological evidence as well as looking at the influence that this man had on the art, film and culture in Italy and the world for centuries to come. Caesar is not only a Roman icon — he has also influenced artists, writers, playrights and actors throughout the centuries from Shakespeare to Joseph L. Mankiewicz (a film director who shot two movies about Caesar — one on Julius Caesar and the other on Cleopatra, who also figures heavily in this exhibition).

Not only will the exhibition provide a looking glass into the history, art and culture of Caesar’s time as well as Caesar himself but it will also serve as a backdrop for exploring Caesar’s effect on Rome and abroad through the centuries!

Reaching Il Chiostro del Bramante is not difficult — it is located at Via della Pace, 5 (see the map below). There’s no metro stop near Il Chiostro del Bramante. For those who are new to the city, I suggest that you head to Termini Station (Stazione Termini) and take the bus, either #40 Express, getting off at the stop (fermata) Chiesa Nuova, or take #64, getting off at the stop Vittorio Emanuele II or Chiesa Nuova. If you’re familiar with the city or don’t mind the walk, locate the exhibition site on your map, put on your walking shoes and head out!

Tickets to the exhibition cost 10 euro (there are discounted ticket options — ask at the ticket office when purchasing your tickets). The exhibition is closed on Mondays. It is open from Tuesday-Friday from 10am until 8pm. Saturdays and Sundays the exhibition is open from 10am to 9pm. Remember that the ticket office closes an hour before the show does.

The exhibition runs until May 3, 2009.

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*image released to the public domain; cloister from Santa Maria della Pace (Chiostro del Bramante), Rome