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A New World: 600 BCE - 600 CE

At the Brunnier Art Museum, in the Ann Brunnier Decorative Arts Gallery
Exhibition runs through the fall 2020 semester 

The Ancient World was filled with bustling cities and people living complex and meaningful lives. To them, the objects in this exhibit might have simply had a practical purpose but to us these things represent so much more. Each one of these objects is drenched in hundreds if not thousands of years of history. In the 2nd century BCE Rome’s population reached over a million people, a number which was not beat until London in the in 1810. In other words, the population of this time period was booming, and arts and culture were flourishing.

A New World: 600 BCE - 600 CE  is an exploration of life in the ancient world across many cultures including China. Greece, Rome, and the Near East. Items were selected from the Brunnier Art Museum’s permanent collection that give us a glimpse into the life of people who walked the earth 14 centuries ago. In this modern technological age it is often hard to visualize how people lived before electricity. This exhibition aims to open the eyes of modern viewers to the wonders of a world when civilization was just beginning.


Exhibition Programs

Curator's Exploration of A New World
Thursday, October 8 - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  REGISTER HERE

As Much Pleasure as Possible: The Roman Art of Dining
Tuesday, October 20 - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  REGISTER HERE

The Public and Private Lives of Roman Women
Thursday, November 5 - 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.  REGISTER HERE


Visit the Brunnier Art Museum

Hours: Hours have been altered due to COVID-19. Know Before You Go.
Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (closed holidays)
Mondays and Tuesdays by appointment only to groups larger than 5 persons. 
Request an appointment or tour.

Address: Scheman Building (2nd Floor), 1805 Center Drive, Ames, Iowa
Admission: The cost is free, however there is a suggested donation of $3 per visitor.

IMAGE ABOVE: Plaque, c.600-450 BCE. Etruscan. Gift of Ann and Henry Brunnier. In the Ann and Henry Brunnier Collection, Brunnier Art Museum, University Museums, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. 4.1.1

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