Rome: City and Empire


We visited the Rome exhibition at the National Museum of Australia on Sunday afternoon (a tip: go late in the day and you won’t have to wait in a queue for an hour – but there’ll be some fingerprints on all the glass cabinets!).

Here are a few more shots:

The entrance (with me!).


The Emperor Augustus, who looks suspiciously like Vladimir Putin!

augustus vladimir putin rome exhibition national museum of australia canberra sonya heaney 20th january 2019

And I was SO happy to see they’d labelled Crimea as Ukraine, despite what Russia is currently up to.

kerch crimea ukraine rome exhibition national museum of australia canberra

On this day: the Sack of Rome

On the 2nd of June, 455, Rome was sacked by Vandals. Allegedly inspired by a broken betrothal between Vandal Huneric and the Roman Emperor’s daughter Eudocia (as Eudocia was only five at the time and too young to marry), the East Germanic Vandals, who by then had a kingdom in North Africa, set sail for Rome.

As with most events this far in the past, the severity of this sacking is widely debated by historians.

Genseric sacking Rome

 Genseric Sacking Rome 2nd June 455