University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Rome’s Birthday

Saturday 22 April 2017
11:00AM - 4:00PM
Penn Museum

Rome's Birthday Capogiro

Felix natalis dies! Roughly translated, that is "happy birthday" in Latin—a great phrase to use at the royal celebration of Rome's Birthday Saturday, April 22, 11 am to 4 pm, at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. Guests will be treated to thrilling gladiator fights and interactive tactical demonstrations of Roman militia, tours in the Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks and Romans suite of galleries, Roman paper mosaic-making craft tables, talks and minute "pop up" presentations on ancient Roman history and life in the galleries—and a chance to discover authentic Italian gelato, the perfect birthday treat!

Ciao Philadelphia, a region-wide celebration of Italian culture organized by the Italian Consulate in Philadelphia, and Capogiro Gelato Artisans, a locally based, internationally acclaimed company, are partners for the celebration.

Attendees are encouraged to get in the spirit of the day; those daring enough to wear a toga, legionnaire, or gladiator attire receive half-off the price of admission!

Free with General Admission

Schedule for the Day

11:00 am – 4:00 pm All Day Activities
Legionnaires Station: Get Ready to Enlist!
Family Craft Station: Make a Roman Paper Mosaic
Latin Club Presents: Drop-In Presentation on Language, Architecture, and Graffiti
11:00 am Help Assemble a Mosaic
11:30 am Ludus Magnus Gladiators Reenacting Group
12:30 am Authentic Gelato Presentation by Capogiro Gelato Artisans: samples follow, while they last!
1:00 pm Help Assemble a Mosaic
1:30 pm Rome Gallery Tour
2:00 pm Brian Rose Talk, “New Discoveries in Ancient Rome”
3:00 pm Gladiator Reenactment
Ciao Philadelphia


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