On March 16, 2003, with fanfare and celebration, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology (UPM) inaugurated the major re-installation of its permanent Roman and Etruscan galleries, heralding the completion of its nearly 10-year program to present its unique classical collections in a modern, thematic context. Totally renovated, The Etruscan World and The Roman World galleries are aided by a brand new Introduction to the Classical World gallery and a newly-produced video designed to orient visitors geographically, chronologically and culturally to the civilizations of ancient Italy and Greece.
Worlds Intertwined: Etruscans, Greeks, and Romans is a multi-million dollar project that completes the suite of four permanent classical galleries at the University of Pennsylvania Museum. (The Ancient Greek World gallery opened in 1994.) The new galleries invite the visitor to explore the rich, interconnected and intertwined cultures of the sun-drenched ancient Mediterranean -- and to discover anew how these cultures continue to influence and inspire our world today.
More than one thousand ancient artifacts -- including marble and bronze sculptures, jewelry, metalwork, mosaics, glass vessels, gold and silver coins, and pottery of exceptional artistic and historical renown -- tell the remarkable story of the Etruscan peoples, the first great rulers of central Italy (800-100 BC), and their empire-building Roman successors (500 BC- AD 500). Many of these objects have never before been on public display. They are drawn from the Museum’s outstanding Mediterranean collection of more than 30,000 objects, which date from 3000 BC to the 5th century AD.
 


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