State Museum presents Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines
COLUMBIA – The South Carolina State Museum presents its next major blockbuster exhibition, Julius Caesar: Roman Military Might and Machines, opening Saturday, Sept. 26. From the triumphant victory of Julius Caesar over the Gauls at the Siege of Alesia in 52 B.C. to the transformation of Rome from a Republic into the mighty Roman Empire, this international traveling exhibition brings to life one of the most technologically significant times in the history of mankind.
Covering the key themes of military genius, logistics and measurement, civil technology, entertainment and lifestyle, the Colosseum and gladiators, this interactive exhibition provides a fascinating look at an era of massive construction and large-scale technical innovation. The exhibition features reproductions, replicas, models of ancient technology and designs dating from the height of the Roman Empire.
The collection will transport guests back 2,000 years to the time of Julius Caser, mighty centurions and fearsome gladiators. “This exhibition is a fascinating way to see how Romans built on previous technology and shrewdly used it in their great military and civic achievements,” said curator of history JoAnn Zeise. “The Romans innovated in so many different fields – art, engineering, science and mathematics.
You can explore the technologies, machines and gadgets in much of the same way as Romans who built them. Everything was developed from historical accounts and records and is a realistic as possible.” Traveling through the exhibition, guests will explore more than 30 intricately designed and functional inventions from the height of the Roman Empire, most of which continue to provide major benefits in today’s modern world.
The Roman story will also be told through replicas, recreated scaled artifacts, digital files of images, computer animations and more. The exhibition allows guest to be hands-on with the opportunity to construct a Roman mosaic, challenge friends to ancient Roman games and experience being a Roman legionnaire in the invincible Testudo military formation The exhibition opened Saturday, and runs through May 22, 2016. There is an additional fee to see the exhibition. Visit scmuseum.org to learn more.