Mythology at Centrale Montemartini
Today I took Althea, our friend from school, to the Roman forums and the Colosseum while David was in class. It was cool to finally get there, but nothing to write home (or blog) about especially. But after that, we met up with David and his Mythology class at Centrale Montemartini. Besides having a name that I think translates roughly into “Martini Mountain,” this museum acts as overflow for the popular Capitoline Museum in the Campidoglio above the forum and Piazza Venezia. From the 1890s until the 1930s, the building operated as a electric power station and when it was converted into a museum, a lot of the original industrial equipment was left intact. The result is a perfect example of the juxtaposition between modern and ancient that Rome does so well.
And so David’s professor led the class around the museum, reviewing for the class’ midterm by going to statue after statue and asking the class to the identify the deity. It was interesting to hear the stories in brief, summed and connected together. I definitely learned somethings, and Althea remembered a lot from all the Latin she took in high school. In the class, they (were supposed to have) learned not only the content of the stories but how they were used and what purpose they served in Roman society. It was interesting to sit in and get a guided tour. When it comes down to it, stories are stories, and I can’t get enough of them. Below, the prof. explains how Bacchus, the god of wine, got so wasted he lost both of his arms.