This exhibition presents some exceptional works, a large number of which were found in the Rhône. Never or rarely loaned by the Musée départemental Arles antique these pieces, such as a bronze representing a prisoner or this enigmatic marble bust considered by its finders to be Julius Caesar, unveil the past of the Roman colony of Arles, founded in 46 BC by the famous dictator.
Thirty years of underwater excavations have revealed the vitality of Arles, the link between the Mediterranean and the river network of the Gauls. These finds illustrate the early Romanisation as well as the intensity of the material and spiritual exchanges. Geneva’s history is implicitly evoked through these pieces from the museum’s collection. Located at the northern extremity of the Rhône axis that crosses the vast Roman province of Gallia Narbonensis, Genava (as it was then called) has thus been turned towards the South, ever since the Roman conquest.
With the special participation of the Musée départemental Arles antique and the musée du Louvre
Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 11 am - 18 pm
0 - 15 CHF
Every first Sunday of the month : free entrance