Life and Death in the Roman World
The Life and Death in the Roman World exhibition has been temporarily removed to facilitate a new commemorative exhibition, Clontarf 1014: Brian Boru and the Battle for Dublin, opening in April 2014. Life and Death in the Roman World will return in 2015.
This exhibition features objects that have been in storage in the National Museum of Ireland since the early 1920s. The objects were collected primarily in the 19th and early 20th Centuries, not just for public display but also to assist scholars in the study of classical art and architecture. The collection includes glass vessels, textiles, sculpture, ceramics, coins, gemstones and architectural fragments from places as geographically diverse as Egypt, Austria and England.
Introducing the exhibition is a display of Etruscan material followed by an exploration of the themes of 'Everyday Life'; 'Death, Burial and the Afterlife'; 'Religion'; 'Personal Adornment and Dress'; 'Entertainment'; and 'Imperial Power in the Roman world'. The exhibition concludes with the introduction of Christianity.