The cycle of life. Being born and reborn in Etruria

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From 13 June to 6 October 2019, the National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia It hosts the exhibition dedicated to the various phases that follow one another in human life, from birth to death, as they were heard by the Etruscans and neighboring populations, and considered important enough to be placed under the protection of and characterized by rituals and solemn celebrations.

The exhibition

The numerous archaeological testimonies create an exhibition rich and exhaustive, where the issues addressed by a social point of view, underline the crucial moments of transition from one phase of life to another. The charm of a fundamental people in the ancient history of the Italian peninsula, It emerges in all its identity articulated, and its still mysterious characters.

Interesting discover the works concerning the forms of popular religiosity of the Etruscans and the neighboring populations, and see how they influenced each other. Here intertwines the purpose of continuation of the species through the theme of the fruitfulness of the earth, from which food comes, and men themselves.

The variety of votive gifts present effectively explain the significance and the importance given by the Etruscans to this aspect; we find important evidence of offerings to the gods that protected the wedding, the gods designed to preserve the fertility of both men and women, or to those who were to favor the involvement of eros. All this was aimed at supporting and facilitating the steps that concern the field of motherhood, from conception to the education of children.

Specifically, the birth rate there is a substantial amount of archaeological findings that represent wombs terracotta, and also reveal the level of anatomical knowledge gained, along with practical knowledge with the presence of many amazing bill forceps.

Continuing the route is really intriguing to discover how the Etruscan world and current affairs from mixing in the inexorable destiny of man reflections, when you are addressing the issues of disease cure, of old age and death. It turns out, somehow, bemused 'to note that issues of this kind have their origins in the myths of ancient peoples and is not exclusive to our times, so influenced by the technological sophistication.

An example are the elegant vases used in wealthy aristocratic banquets, whose stories, masterfully represented, addressing the desire for eternal youth, with illusory spells of the sorceress Medea, the impossible struggle of Heracles to defeat old age, Arianna or instead achieves immortality by joining the god Dionysus.

It is noted how the Etruscans and actuality emerge in a progressive manner, highlighting the theme of the exhibition, the journey from birth to death interpreted by the ancient people, that stimulates and opens up fascinating reflections.

The Villa

A visit to this exhibition also represents an excellent opportunity to enjoy the beauties of Villa Giulia, built between 1550 and the 1555 according to Pope Giulio III. A splendid example of Renaissance villa, with an architectural garden with terraces, ninfei, fountains and spectacular staircases, the design of which was attended by great artists of the time including Giorgio Vasari e Michelangelo Buonarroti.

In 1889 It became the seat of the National Etruscan Museum, which gathers all the archaeological evidence of pre-Roman period found in England, in southern Tuscany and Umbria.

The exhibition is realized by National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, from Fondazione San Camillo-Forlanini of Rome, from Museum of Medical History and from Museums of the University of Rome- Wisdom thanks to a collaboration agreement between the four institutions.


Info, Timetable and prices

The cycle of life. Being born and reborn in Etruria.

From 13 June to 6 October 2019, National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, Piazzale di Villa Giulia, 9

Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday h 9-20, Last logged h 19. Monday closed

Tickets: full € 10; subsidized (18-25 years) € 2. Free the first Sunday of the month, in the Museums Week, the 15 August and 29 September

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