Gods in the home
In Roman times, religious ceremonies were taken for granted as part of everyday life. The exhibition section entitled "Gods in the home" is concerned with domestic shrines, or larariums, and the images of the gods which were placed inside them. On display is a lararium in the form of a miniature stone temple, together with a representative selection of images of deities which have been
discovered in Augusta Raurica. Particularly fine are some bronze statuettes from the domestic shrine of a wealthy family. Other finds show that amulettes and talismans were part of the everyday lives of the inhabitants of the Roman town, as were ceramic pots decorated with snakes - a speciality of Augusta Raurica.
Within the Roman Empire a unified monetary system allowed state income and expenditure to be rationally managed. In addition, money was a medium of propaganda for the Emperors, which they used to publicise matters of importance to the population. In the exhibition, the messages on a silver denar are decoded.
People lived well in the Roman town. In addition to pigs' trotters, oysters, snails and figs, however, evidence of simpler fare, such as porridge and gruel, is also found in Augusta Raurica.
In the homes of the well-to-do upper classes, people would recline on sofas for grand dinners, in the best Roman fashion, and enjoy food presented on choice dinner services, as various examples of exquisite tableware excavated from Augst and Kaiseraugst demonstrate.
Highlights from Augusta Raurica
In addition to the three main themes in the exhibition room and the silver treasure from Kaiseraugst in the treasure chamber, you will find in the entrance area a selection of the most significant finds from Augusta Raurica, such as a life-size bronze bust of the goddess Minerva, two silver statuettes of Hercules and Minerva, a gold necklace and part of an ivory panel.