'Roman Coast' at the National Museum of Antiquities, Netherlands
Living and working on the coast
Travel the Roman coast from north to south and discover how Romans and other groups lived and worked there some two thousand years ago. You will see their weapons, valuables, household objects, and trade goods, along with models of forts, temples, and a ship. These exhibits tell of the tumult of battle, of navigating the seas, of commerce, religion, and everyday life. For children, the exhibition includes a game in which Roman boats search the coast.
|Reconstruction of the Roman sea port at Colijnsplaat in the |
Dutch Province of Zeeland [Credit: © Mikko Kriek]
The northern frontier of the Roman Empire, the Limes, ran straight across the present-day Netherlands, following the Rhine. In the west, this river flowed into another major expanse of water: the North Sea. All this made the Dutch coastal area especially important to the Romans, for both trade and military strategy.
|Hand from a bronze statue of a Roman Emperor that once stood in the Forum Hadriani, |
the capital of the Roman province of Germania Inferior (Voorburg, South Holland)
[Credit: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden]
The exhibition features objects from the collection of the National Museum of Antiquities (Rijksmuseum van Oudheden) that come from areas by the sea, from the northern island of Texel to the southern province of Zeeland. These are complemented by objects from museums in coastal regions.
The exhibition will run until 25 September 2016.
Source: Rijksmuseum van Oudheden [March 30, 2016]