Period I

Poster of the Exhibition. Photo: Santa Giulia Museum Brexia

Romanization in Lombardy and Italian Switzerland

The tribes of the Po Valley in Northern Italy had different attitudes towards the military and political ambitions of Rome in the last century before Christ.

Some were hostile to Rome (the Insubrians), some concluded an alliance (Venetians and Cenomanes), and others remained hesitant (Ligurians).

After their conquest in the last decades before Christ, the Romans tried to gain the loyalty of the conquered peoples  through subtle tactics based on political and religious propaganda.

The Romans founded or rebuilt cities, applying a process of urbanization to the Po-Valley, Cisalpina in the Republican era, and the Italian region XI or Transpadena in the time of Emperor August (27 B.C.-14 A.D.).

All these cities had similar, highly symbolic buildings (forum, theatre, aqueduct, temple) and architecture.

An exhibition in Brescia pays attention to the process of romanization in Lombardy and subsequently southern Switzerland. (Further information: www.bresciamusei.com).