Forum of Augustus 2000 years later
A fascinating show entitled Forum of Augustus 2000 years later will be shown in Rome from 22 April through 22 September to celebrate the bimillennial of the death of the founder of the Roman Empire.
The Temple of Augustus was built in 42 B.C.E., on the eve of the battle of Pharsalus, in which Octavian, who later became Emperor Augustus, killed the murderers of Julius Caesar: Brutus and Cassius. The temple was then dedicated to Mars the Avenger, the god of war and power.
The Forum of Augustus 2000 years later, packed with fascinating historical and scientific information, will be shown on the remains of this very same temple.
The idea for the event was conceived by Piero Angela and Paco Lanciano,with the collaboration of Gaetano Capasso.
Romans and tourists alike are welcome to enjoy the spectacular films and amazing reconstructions that are projected onto the facades and on the ground of the Forum.
The initiative uses special effects and 3D reconstructions to recount this fascinating time in history. It covers the expansion of the Roman Empire in terms of culture, art and civilization, and pays particular attention to Augustus, whose massive 12m high statue once dominated the temple. The goal of the initiative is to recall the importance the first Emperor of Rome gave to the urban planning of a city which still today shows signs of its former greatness: the Temple, the Mausoleum, the Ara Pacis (or Peace Altar) and the Marcello Theatre.
The 40 minute spectacle is shown three times every evening of the week: at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. There is seating for 200 spectators for each show, for a total of 600 viewers per evening.
Spectators can view the show comfortably seated on stands set up along Via Alessandrina. The seating and sound system have been strategically placed to offer the maximum visual and audio impact, while at the same time ensuring that there are no cables or pieces of equipment inside the ancient Temple itself. The audience is given headphones to enjoy the music and special effects emitted by an especially designed audio system. The voice of historian Piero Angelo accompanies the spectator throughout the show over a multilingual (Italian, English, French, Russian, Spanish and Japanese) audio guide.
The Groupe Valadier, with its hotels and restaurants in the very centre of Rome, aims to help the visitor discover the marvels of the city from various points of view, and this is without a doubt an event not to be missed by anyone interested in exploring historical Rome, a magnificent and millenary Rome that makes us feel a bit closer to the events that took place over the course of centuries.
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