ROME'S ARMY, Power and glory

Exhibition from 15th December 2018 to 22nd April 2019

In association with the Musée d'Art Classique de Mougins (MACM)

Rome's impact could not have been as strong, or lasted as long without the strength of its army, which conquered such a vast territory. The topic of the Roman army may seem familiar, but many aspects remain to be unraveled. This exhibition aims at presenting the army as a highly skilled multi-faceted organization, and one of the fundamental pillars of the Roman civilization. A section will be dedicated to reenactment and the practice of Living History, and experimental archaeology.


Institut national du Patrimoine de Tunis (programme REFORMIL).

ROME'S ARMY Power and glory
Exhibition from 15th December 2018 to 22nd April 2019 2019.

The exhibition will focus on 7 themes:

The imperator, head of the armies

The emperor, triumphant of all battles

At the top of the social hierarchy, the imperator is the head of the military forces. From raising legions to naming/choosing/picking officers, he is an ever-present figure in the soldier's life : wars are fought in his name, for the glory of the Empire.

The infantry

The legion

The legions are the true military force of Rome. Thanks to its high-performance equipment, mainly borrowed from defeated peoples, and to its fighting skills, the Roman legionary is the best trained soldier of his time.

The cavalry

Supporting the legions

Cavalry units have a tactical place during the battle, which is to protect the flanks of the infantry troops, and to harry the enemy. During parades, horsemen appear dressed with luxurious equipments, such as lavishly decorated helmets.

The naval forces

Peace in the mare nostrum

The Roman navy, whose role has often been neglected, has actually contributed to Rome's military expansion. After the battle of Actium, the Mediterranean sea became unified, endowed with strategically located harbours which ensured safety along the shores of the Empire.

The Army in motion

Experiencing the battlefield

The army of Rome exhibited the extent of its superiority on the battlefield. Often victorious thanks to its fighting skills and the efficiency of its artillery, the legions carried the Roman influence into foreign territories.

The Army in motion

The Victory

Victory brings glory and wealth to the Empire. A military success was celebrated during the ceremony of the triumph. From Augustus' reign onwards, only members of the imperial family could pretend to the honours of the triumph.

Life in the forts

Extending the imperial territory involves creating a border to protect these newly conquered lands and allow long-term settlement. Along the edges of the empire, forts were built on the model of Roman cities. Soldiers stationned in these forts shared their time between training and achieving urban building work.

Living History and experimental archaeology

Another approach to Roman legionary

This section offers a different approach to the military question, and highlights the concepts of Living History and experimental archaeology. The objects shown here are reproductions of original artefacts, lent by the association Légion VIII Augusta.

Activities around the exhibition

Guided visits for individuals

Wednesday and Sunday, 4.30pm
3€ to add to entrance fee, free for members, no booking needed, places limited – 1h

Guided visits for groups

Visit lead by a professional guide/lecturer
Booking compulsory for free or guided visit, call 04 13 31 51 48
100 € for 30 people maximum, to add to entrance fee
Payment at the entrance desk by cheque, cash or card
NB : the museum welcomes groups, except on the first Sunday of each month

School group

Visit lead by a learning officer
Booking compulsory, call 04 13 31 51 48
Visit and practice of Roman combat by Acta
Booking compulsory, call 04 66 20 27 76 or mail
Full offer available on our website

Children playbook

Free, ask at the entrance desk. From 6 years old.

Sunday January 20th, 11am

French Sign Language visit

Free, booking compulsory. Informations and booking,
Call 04 13 31 51 09

Sunday December 23rd, 11am
Sunday March 10th, 11am

Minerve la Majestueuse / Minerva, the grand

Children from 3 to 5 y.o. with an adult. 1h, free, booking compulsory, call 04 13 31 51 48.

Wednesday December 19th,
Tuesday January 8th,
Monday January 28th, Saturday March 9th,
Tuesday March 19h,

Le glaive de Marius / Marius' sword

Free, booking compulsory, call 04 13 31 51 48, places limited to 40 people.

Jeudi 14 et vendredi 15 février de 10h à 12h et de 14h à 16h

Ready for battle !

15€ a day, booking compulsory, call 04 13 31 51 48, places limited to 12 children


Auditorium, free, places limited to 200 seats.

Sundays, 11am

Museum's favourite

Auditorium, free, places limited to 200 seats.