National Roman Museum

by / Monday, 09 April 2012 / Published in Tours in Rome

The National Roman Museum is located just a short distance from Termini station and houses one of the most important collections of classical art in the world.

The Boxer at Rest

The Boxer at Rest

The four floors of exhibits offer  a rich panorama of  Roman art from Late Republican era through the Late Antiquity (2nd c. BC – 5th c. AD), an exciting journey into history and mythology including sections of ancient art, numismatics and jewellery.

The ground floor and the first floor include masterpieces of ancient sculpture, such as the Boxer at Rest, the Discus Thrower, and the Sleeping Hermaphrodite.

A singular document is the Fasti Antiates, the oldest known Roman calendar, predating the Caesar reform.

Of extraordinary importance and striking impact is the section dedicated to the bronze sculptures that adorned the Nemi Ships and the Portonaccio Sarcophagus, which depicts a battle scene between the Romans and the Barbarians.

The second floor houses cycles of frescoes representing the height of Roman painting as well as an extensive collection of Polychromatic mosaics and fine inlays.

The Discus Thrower

The Discus Thrower

The basement contains an impressive numismatic collection, one-of-a kind examples of imperial insignia, the Grottarossa Mummy, exquisite treasures of goldsmithery and objects that illustrate daily life in Ancient rome.