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Rome, Reconstructed

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The Museo Della Civiltà Romana (Museum of Roman Civilization) is a fascinating destination. Made up largely of replicas of Roman artwork and scale models of Roman buildings (including an impressive scale model of the city of Rome as it appeared during the reign of Constantine), the Museum of Roman Civilization (in some ways) allows for a greater appreciation of antiquity than the archaeological record alone can provide. For example: Plaster casts, taken from the continuous frieze decorating the Column of Trajan and arranged chronologically at eye level, allow the visitor a closer look at the relief sculpture (and a greater understanding of the narrative sequence) than can be appreciated from viewing the column itself.

For anyone with an interest in ancient history and archaeology, this museum provides a unique experience, bringing the past to life on a grand scale.

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by Bryan Kitch
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