ROM Ancient Cultures

From early human ancestors in China to the technological innovations of Mesopotamia to the global economy of ancient Rome, ancient cultures help us understand the diversity of human experience.ROM archaeologists excavate around the world. Back at the museum, our staff analyze and conserve the ROM’s artifact collections. And our broader community of archaeology enthusiasts and experts share insight and data globally. How can information about past cultures help us understand our present world and plan for the future? Get involved and be part of the conversation!

ROM Ancient Cultures explores the civilizations of the past and their relevance today.


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Paul Denis, Assistant Curator World Culture at the Royal Ontario Museum, describes Roman gladiatorial combat. Romans loved mass spectator sports and flocked to theatres to see this dramatic fight to death. learn more about life in ancient Rome in the Eaton Gallery of Rome.

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Made in King Henry VIII's royal workshop, this suit of armour is one of only three of its kind on display in the world. One of the Royal Ontario Museum's iconic objects, see the suit in the Samuel European Galleries.

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This short documentary tells the story of Rome. ROM visitors will see over 500 artifacts on display in the Eaton Gallery of Rome which explores aspects of daily Roman life, the contrasting tastes throughout the vast Empire and the Roman influence on diverse local cultures.