After decades of shameful neglect, the biggest mausoleum ever to be built by the ancient Romans is to be brought alive with a spectacular multimedia experience projected onto its 2,000-year-old walls.
The Mausoleum of Augustus, located in the centre of Rome just a stone’s throw from the Tiber, was constructed in 28BC and became the last resting place of the eponymous emperor, as well as his successors Nero and Tiberius.
An Italian telecommunications company has contributed six million euros for its restoration, with its director promising an elaborate multimedia show that will tell the story of Augustus and ancient Rome…
I can think of no more fitting a gift to commemorate the 2055th anniversary of Augustus and Livia than to restore the resting place of the dynasty that their marriage created.
Five-layered sardonyx cameo (or as the French like to call it: The Great Cameo of France) - depicts Julio-Claudian dynasty: Augustus, Drusus the Younger and Elder, Tiberius, Livia, Germanicus, Agrippina the Elder, Nero, Claudius, and Agrippina the Younger. Captured barbarians on the lowest level.
Have you ever heard of Livia? I am sure you have. How important was she? how clever? Well she not only survived at the heart of Rome’s cut throat political epicentre, but she thrived there.
In a time when women were limited by so many restrictions and expectations, Livia found loopholes. She managed to be a wife, mother, roman matron and empress all while managing the beginnings of the Julio-Caludian Dynasty.