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Moi, Auguste, Empereur de Rome

In order to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of Roman Emperor Augustus’ death, a great collection of sculptures, frescos, objects and paintings has been gathered at the Grand Palais. A perfect way to travel back to one of the birthplaces of our civilization. Enjoy! Parisianist.

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A unique gathering of objects, sculptures and frescos dating back to 2000 years ago.

A great stage design

A chance to enter the Grand Palais built in 1900 for the Universal Exhibition

Cloakroom is available in the museum

General explanations are in French and English but individual explanations are in French only

Audio-guides are available

Entertaining only for the people that like or want to know more about Ancient Rome

Augustus was the first Roman Emperor, and the Roman Empire extended throughout most of today’s Europe, including France. The exhibition Moi, Auguste, Empereur de Rome (“I, Augustus, Emperor of Rome”) has been brought together to commemorate the 2000th anniversary of Augustus’ death, thanks to the help and objects from the Louvre Museum and the Capitole Museums of Rome. At a time of peace, Augustus’ reign is considered a blooming period for the development of art and literature. 

The Moi, Auguste Empereur de Rome exhibition is located in the Grand Palais, an exhibition hall built in 1900 for the Universal Exposition off the famous Champs-Elysées Avenue. The entrance to the exhibition is done through the Clémenceau entrance, closest to the Metro Station (the entrance has been decorated to have it look like the ruins of an old Roman temple). 2 floors are used for the exhibition: The first floor introduces Augustus, his life and achievements through sculptures and objects. The second floor gives us a great idea of what life was like some 2000 years ago through a collection of house objects until his death.

Grand nephew and posthumous adopted son of Julius Caesar, Octavius managed to take control of Rome after a series of conflicts following the assassination of his adoptive father. Changing his name to Augustus, he became the first emperor of the Roman Empire and is remembered today as the leader who brought peace to the Empire, therefore encouraging the development of arts and literature. Augustus died in the year 14, at the age of 76.

The first part of the exhibition explains who Augustus was and how he became the sole ruler of the Roman Empire, a tale involving alliances, wars and ruses. Sculptures (such as the famous statue of Augustus and his highly decorated armor or the statues representing members of his family), frescos, decoration objects and coins are visible from that period. The sculptors at that time were also very influenced by the Greek statues, a feature that is mentioned and shown in the exhibition (2nd floor). Fragments from Augustus home are also exposed.

On the second floor is a large gathering of small objects that were once located in the big mansions of wealthy Romans and in the house of Augustus himself. Whether its jewelry, silverware or funerary objects, these items on display show just how important and rich these years were for the development of arts. And because the Roman Empire stretched all over Europe and North Africa, these art objects have inspired many different creators outside Rome.

Although Moi, Auguste, Empereur de Rome is not a very interactive exhibition and is more for the people that are interested in the Roman civilization and how it influenced the whole of Europe at that time, it is still very interesting to see the beauty of the sculptures and artworks and how the Roman Empire was so much more developed compared to some other European regions.  

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