From 28 November 2019 al 1 March 2020 within the halls of Baths of Diocletian – National Roman Museum, after sixteen stages around the world, arrives in Rome a major exhibition that traces more than a million years of history of the Arabian Peninsula. From the first settlements of the Neolithic period until the formation of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to find out the depth and richness of Arab civilization.
Result of the cooperation between the Ministry of Heritage and Culture and Tourism of Italy and the Ministry of Culture of Saudi Arabia, exposure has over 450 finds, as stated by the Superintendent Archeology and Fine Arts Landscape of Rome Daniela Porro: "... we were selected from among hundreds of finds from the archaeological research conducted in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the last three decades of the last century by Saudis and foreign specialists, including the important activities of the Italian archaeological mission. " An extraordinary selection of rarities, ancient documents and works of art absolutely amazing.
The halls of Baths of Diocletian become wondrous place for the almost magical encounter between cultures and stories crucial to the development of humanity, and that the show is meant to represent that the development of the Arabian Peninsula over the millennia from the historical point of view, cultural and social through the vast archaeological heritage and how these elements intertwine and intersect in a game of references between tradition and modernity.
The trail reveals unexpected and exciting places becoming almost a scouting trip to the city discovery and mythical territories. Since ancient artifacts, of stone tools dating back more than a million years ago, found in Shuwayhitiyah it's at One, one is struck by a new history and little known.
Like that of civilization Dilmun with findings in one of its main centers represented by the island of Tarut, along with the surrounding areas of occupied land between the late fourth and early third millennium. Region that with the conquest of Mesopotamia from Alexander the Great in the fourth century B.C.. He remained under Greek influence until the third century d.C. then conquered by Persia. To prove how much rich history preserve these places.
Of considerable interest are the findings from Tayma, one of the most important archaeological sites, where the first human settlements date back to the fifth millennium B.C.. City of great importance and of great wealth located along the legendary incense route, crossing of trades and melting pot of peoples, route of southern connection with Syria and north Mesopotamia, with Egypt and the Mediterranean east; or the magnificence of ancient Dedan, fundamental way station also on the Incense Route, important center, led in the fourth century B.C.. by tribe Lihyaniti, which he saw the birth of its own written language as well as a remarkable artistic production; the many temples and the impressive ornamental statues are distinctive examples. Then again the findings of Qurraya e Ayn Jawan or ancient cities like Qaryat al-Faw e al-Rabadha seats among the largest and most prosperous of games excavations since the sixties of the last century.
Campaigns that have seen a significant expansion in recent years, present many objects are in fact the result of works done only in the last decade, a demonstration of the potential wealth still preserve these places, confirmed by the same director Museum Riad Abdullah A.Al-Zaharani defining Saudi Arabia as "One of the greatest countries in the world regarding the archaeological discoveries".
Then a surprising exhibition that knows how to ask an exhaustive attention to the historical area of the world's wealth not enough depth on our western society.
Of note in exposure compendium, an interesting catalog edited by Alessandra Capodiferro e Sara Colantonio where they are cleverly illustrated the many Arab and Islamic archaeological sites inscribed on the list of UNESCO World Heritage and all the works they contained.
So enjoy your trip to the discovery of Arabia.
Info, Timetable and prices
Roads of Arabia. Archaeological treasures of Saudi Arabia.
From 28 November 2019 al 1 March 2020, Baths of Diocletian – National Roman Museum Via Enrico de Nicola 78.
Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday h 9-19.30. Monday closed. 25 December and 1 closed in January.
Until the 28 December 2019 every Friday and Saturday exceptional opening h 20-23 cost € 5.
Ticket: Adults € 10 (including visit to the Museum). € 2 for EU citizens aged between 18 e i 25 years; gratuity under current regulations.
Info: + 39 06 39967700, email firstname.lastname@example.org