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Museu Nacional Arqueològic de Tarragona

Roman wall - Epigraphy

<p>View of Room I, with part of the preserved wall&nbsp;<em>in situ</em><em>&nbsp;</em>and a selection of epigraphs.</p>

View of Room I, with part of the preserved wall in situ and a selection of epigraphs.

We begin our visit to the Archaeological Museum on floor -1, with projection of the audiovisual Tarraco civitas ubi ver aeternum est (Tarragona, the city where spring is eternal). This floor is also where we enter the first room of the Museum, where a section of the wall is preserved in situ. This is the wall that protected the city of Tarraco, preserved during the construction of the museum building and showing the construction system applied to this defence structure. Around the wall a selection is distributed of inscriptions of different types –honorific, ritual and funereal-- and from different periods,  which provide information on the structure, composition and characteristics of Tarraco society over the ages. Those on display here are only a sample of the rich corpus of Tarraco inscriptions, the most important in Hispania.

This room also preserves a selection of coins, illustrating currency circulation in Tarraco. Lastly, we may contemplate three statues from the Roman theatre of Tarraco, two wearing togas and the other in armour, which probably represent the Emperors Octavian Augustus, Claudius and Lucius Verus.


<p>Detail of the remains&nbsp;<em>in situ</em>&nbsp;of the Roman wall.</p>
Section of the walls
Section of the walls
<p>Pedestal of the Tutelary Deity of the Tarraco Colony, 2nd century AD, Luni-Carrara marble, 32 x 59 x 15 cm.</p>
Statue pedestal
Statue pedestal
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