From July 4 through Sept. 17, more than 50 works entitled “Pecunia non olet. The Bankers of Ancient Rome.”
The exhibition will be curated by Novella Lapini, and will place its focus on the “Coin,” an undisputed symbol of power and prosperity.
Works from other Italian and European museums, as well as from private collections, will be on display, divided into five sections, tracing the history of the economic evolutionary process from the primitive Roman age, pre-monetary economy to the imperial age.
This exhibition also tells the story of bank workers, depicted practicing their profession in work clothes, such as Daphnus in the marketplace built by Nero, or Caecilius Iucundus in his Pompeian home.
Statements by the Director of the Uffizi
As stated by Uffizi director Eike Schmidt, this is the first exhibition to focus on the social history of classical antiquity, linked to the economy of ancient Rome.
Professor of Roman History at the University of Florence, Giovanni Alberto Cecconi, also explained that the exhibition is crucial because it helps to understand from different angles the complexity of the Roman imperial economy.
“The contents are related to the desire to show what is a little-known aspect of Roman society, the world of banking and the financial side,” concluded Novella Lapini.
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