Augustus and the Art of Governing

Sat, 05/03/2014 - 02:00

After the successful exhibition "Augustus" at the Scuderie del Quirinale (currently on view in Paris), Rome keeps celebrating its first emperor on the 2000th anniversary of his death with another interesting exhibition dedicated to his governing abilities.

“L’arte del Comando. L’eredità di Augusto” (The art of command. The legacy of Augustus) is on view at the Ara Pacis Museum of Rome until September 7, 2014. The exhibit explores the main policies and propaganda activities put in place by Augustus and replicated through the centuries as successful governing models.

“The art of conveying approval around his own person and enhance the heroic destiny of Rome was pursued with such success by Augustus that it became a model and a source of inspiration in later centuries, until the authoritarian regimes of the 20th century," organizers said.

The theme of the exhibition is to illustrate how some emperors, including Charlemagne, Frederick II, Charles V and Napoleon, were inspired by "the art of command" of Augustus, often employing the same techniques.

For more information, check the Ara Pacis museum's website.