The fall of the Roman Empire

The Roman Empire was vast. It existed for centuries and at its peak encompassed a vast territory. But still, the Roman Empire declined - but why and how? What led to its decline?
The search for the reasons has long moved minds and is now being continued for the first time in a major national exhibition.

Plakat zur Landesausstellung 2022 in Trier „Der Untergang des Römischen Reiches“

From June 25 to November 27, 2022, the Rheinisches Landesmuseum Trier, the Stadtmuseum Simeonstift Trier and the Museum am Dom Trier will present the Rhineland-Palatinate 2022 state exhibition "The Decline of the Roman Empire" in three museums and 31 exhibition halls covering a total of 2,000 square meters. The three locations specialize in different perspectives to look at the Imperium Romanum and its decline.


The Rheinisches Landesmuseum focuses on the 4th and 5th centuries. Exceptional objects from the museum's own collection and top international exhibits bring to life the undoubtedly exciting, if little-known, era of decline. The historical exhibition reveals the numerous factors and causes that led to the decline, but also illustrates which Roman traditions survived in a changed form.

In "Under the Sign of the Cross - A World Reorders Itself," the Museum am Dom focuses on the rise of Christianity up to the 7th century. The early emerging Christian Church with its bishops gradually filled the power vacuum slowly created by the disintegration of Roman administrative structures. This is another reason why Christianity played a decisive role in the transmission and preservation of Roman traditions.

The Stadtmuseum Simeonstift most recently illuminated in "The Legacy of Rome. Visions and Myths in Art" the survival of the Roman Empire in the history of art and culture. Works of art from five centuries tell of the fascination with the idea of "Rome," whose echo reaches into the present. The exciting world of images shows how the Imperium Romanum and its downfall were interpreted, reinterpreted and processed again and again, sometimes as the "worst misfortune", soon as the "brilliant triumph of freedom".


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