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Bust of Hannibal on display at Bardo in Tunis

The most important and well-known bust of Hannibal, considered the most reliable portrait of the famous Carthaginian military commander, will go on display at the Bardo Museum from May 27 through June 30 in an exhibition titled Hannibal in Carthage.

Bust of Hannibal on display at Bardo in Tunis
The marble bust of Hannibal, originally found at the ancient city-state
 of Capua in Italy [Credut: ANSA]
The bust is on loan from Rome's Quirinal Palace, as part of a cultural collaboration between Italy and Tunisia and with the support of Terna electric utility.

For the exhibition's inauguration, the Italian Institute of Culture in Tunis, in cooperation with the Tunisian government and other local institutions, has organised a conference featuring Professor Giovanni Brizzi.

Brizzi teaches Roman history at the University of Bologna and is one of the foremost experts on Hannibal.

Through the years, the Hannibal bust has become the reference point for depicting the military commander, both in history books as well as in popular culture.

In Tunisia, the image of the Hannibal bust is printed on the five-dinar banknote.

A recent study by a group of British researchers reignited interest in the Cathaginian general.

The sculpture will be back in Italy for the exhibit "Hannibal: A Voyage", to take place August 2, 2016-January 15, 2017 at the Barletta Castle.

Source: ANSA [May 20, 2016]

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