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Caesar and the Rhône: Ancient Masterpieces of Arles

Museum of Art and History, Geneva

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In 46 BC Julius Caesar founded a colony at Arles (then Arelate), which would become a key port. Recent archaeological finds, including bronze and marble sculptures, shed light on life in the Roman city. Find out more from the MAH Geneva’s website.

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Portrait d'homme: César, fondateur de la colonie d’Arles (?) (c. 1st century BC), Arles Museum of Antiquity.

(c. 1st century BC), Arles Museum of Antiquity. Photo: © MDAA, Rémi Bénali

Cuve de sarcophage dite de Prométhée, remployée, attribuée au tombeau d’Hilaire (c. 240 BC), Musée du Louvre

(c. 240 BC), Musée du Louvre

Aphrodite dite Vénus d'Arles (4th century BC), Musée du Louvre.

The Venus of Arles (4th century BC), Musée du Louvre. Photo: © Musée du Louvre, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Daniel Lebée/Carine Déambrosis

Paire de patères à manche avec décor mythologique (2nd-3rd centuries AD), Calvet Museum of Avignon.

Pair of simpulums (ladles) with mythological decorations (2nd–3rd century AD), Calvet Museum of Avignon. Photo: © Avignon, Musée Calvet – Fondation Calvet

Mosaïque représentant l’enlèvement d’Europe (c. end of 2nd century AD), Arles Museum of Antiquity.

Mosaic representing the kidnapping of Europa (c. end of 2nd century AD), Arles Museum of Antiquity. Photo: © MDAA, Rémi Bénali