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Peithetairos28 Feb 2015 2:49 p.m. PST

Hi all,

in 2013 I had the chance to visit the Vatican Museums for the second time and spent a bit more time in the Gallery of Maps this time.


Normally you just rush through there, but if one takes a bit of time you can see wonderful depictions of famous battles. Not only Hannibal's exploits are featured, but also Caesar crossing the Rubicon, medieval battles, naval battles etc. Each battle is accompanied by a brief summary of the happenings in latin.


I really loved the quaint depictions, often very telling about contemporary ideas of ancient warfare or reflecting styles and fashions of the 16th century.

I wrote a bit more on my blog about the Gallery, its history and where to find the scenes. Check it out when you are in Rome the next time.


Kenntak Inactive Member28 Feb 2015 3:59 p.m. PST

Thank for sharing that, it is very interesting. It even looks like a miniatures battle. :)

Mars Ultor Supporting Member of TMP28 Feb 2015 4:16 p.m. PST

There's another one on one of those maps in that hall showing the Rubicon River labelled "Alea iacta est".

Edit: Sorry, didn't read your post carefully enough. You already mentioned it.

JonFreitag28 Feb 2015 6:55 p.m. PST

The Hall of Maps is indeed a place to spend some time. As you mentioned, most visitors hurry right through it. Not me!

Mars Ultor Supporting Member of TMP01 Mar 2015 5:58 a.m. PST

Sign says "Here Hannibal, with the consul killed/slain, crushed the Romans"

Peithetairos02 Mar 2015 7:16 p.m. PST

@ Mars Ultor: Well that says it all, doesnt it :D

Glad you enjoy it. I will highlight some more Hannibal themed museum finds this month.

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