“Rome: City and Empire” from the British Museum will be exhibited at the Frist Center through May 28th, 2018. The exhibit feature more than 200 of the British Museum’s Roman objects to tell the dramatic story of how Rome grew from a cluster of small villages into a mighty empire. This marks the first time that art & artifacts from ancient Rome & its empire will be on display at the Frist, which is the sole North American venue on the tour. Visitors will explore how the empire was won & held & learn about the rich diversity of its population. The exhibition is an accessible introduction to the Roman imperial period, yet also provides a depth of material for those with an existing interest in Roman history. Portraits of emperors, military leaders, citizens, & mythological figures, as well as examples of pottery, paintings, jewelry, coins, & other objects, span ten centuries of Roman history & invite fresh ways of looking at the past while offering points of connection between antiquity & today. Organized thematically, the exhibition begins with an overview of Rome’s geographical & political evolution. It continues with sections that contextualize topics such as military capability, imperial architecture, religious practices, & the diverse peoples of the empire. The exhibition concludes with a presentation of art that commemorates the dead such as burial chests, sarcophagi, & tombstones. Along with a number of maps & photographs illustrating Rome’s monuments and architectural achievements, as well as sites in which artifacts were found, the exhibition contains a digital map sequence with a timeline that details the empire’s expansion. An interactive in-gallery publication titled “Fortune & Glory” will provide visitors with a role-playing narrative in the form of a laminated comic book with original illustrations by local artist and animator Michael Lapinski. Visitors will make choices that guide them from object to object. Designed to engage families and teens, the activity will enhance understanding of daily life in ancient Rome.