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Sportlight: 'Julius Caesar: Military Genius, Mighty Machines'

July 20, 2014

El Paso Times, Texas



July 20--This fall, the El Paso Museum Of History will be the first museum in the United States to display "Julius Caesar: Military Genius, Mighty Machines," a traveling interactive exhibit of war machines, transportation machines and civil machines, re-created artifacts, images and computer animations that explain the technological might of ancient Rome.

Romans had pulleys, cranes and hydraulic mills. Their war machines included battering rams, catapults and the testudo, a precursor of the modern tank.

The exhibit includes machines reconstructed to scale, using only materials available in Roman times. It covers an epic period of history, from the triumphant victory of Julius Caesar over the Gaul at the Siege of Alesia in 52 B.C. to the transformation of Rome from a Republic into the mighty Roman Empire.

The interactive replicas are of machines described by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio in the first century B.C. in his famous work "De Architectura." They were built by the Teknoart specialists under the auspices of La Sapienza, University of Rome.

The exhibit will open Sept. 20 and continue through Jan. 10 at the museum, 510 N. Santa Fe.

Information: facebook.com/epmuseumofhistory, elpasotexas.gov/history, juliuscaesar.niccolaigroup.com.

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