“The Fall of the Roman Empire"
June to November 2022
The Roman empire existed for several centuries. At its peak, it comprised a vast territory, including most parts of today’s Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. This large empire could only be upheld by intelligent leadership, careful management and an innovative infrastructure. But what led to its demise? Were there any signs? How does an empire cease to exist? How do flourishing metropolises end up deserted? And what is the legacy of the fallen empire?
The Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier has dedicated 1,000 sqm of floor space to these “dark” centuries of the Roman era. The history of the Roman Empire from the 3rd to the 5th century AD comes to life with outstanding exhibits from all over the world, showcasing the historical events and processes that led to the downfall of the Roman Empire. Surely, increasing mass migrations and numerous civil wars within the Roman Empire were important factors, but they weren’t the only reasons.
The Museum am Dom in Trier examines the role of Christianity and the fundamental change of the religious world during this transitional period.
The Stadtmuseum Simeonstift in Trier looks into how the Roman empire continues to exist in the European history of minds and culture with numerous prestigious works of art.