What unites the haircut that Charles V wore as soon as he landed in Italy in 1529, with the long table where Putin made his guests sit on his most recent diplomatic visits? And what does the eagle, a symbol of the Augustus era, have to do with the viral bombardment of the social images of politicians and influencers? Or again, what is there in common between a canvas placed on the altar of a 16th-century church and Napoleon’s magnificent public attitudes?
What mixes all these examples is a very precise need: to obtain the consent of the observer, whether it be a people who are to rule, an audience who is to entertain, or the believers who are to stimulate. To gain that favor, therefore, to share his vision of the world or simply his ideas, with the prospect of keeping this “feeling together” for as long as possible.
The festival of the ancient world is dedicated to this diverse meaning of “consensus”, between power and propaganda, the historical cultural event in Rimini, which returns again from 6 to 31 July to reconcile the past with the present, the old with the present .
Archaeologists, historians, intellectuals and journalists will be divided between Francesca da Rimini Arena and the Lapidarium of the City Museum in the eleven evening talks and in the six book presentations at aperitif time; At the same time, four rows of routes and guided tours between the museum and the city will give you the opportunity to get to know the ancient and modern city better, while the highly valued educational initiatives from the Piccolo Mondo Antico Festival will give children and teenagers opportunities to learn by playing.
And as usual, there will also be festivals elsewhere, or book presentations, cultural walks in the area, activities for adults and children promoted by the municipalities of Cattolica, Riccione, Santarcangelo, Savignano sul Rubicone and Verucchio.
The focus of the whole event will be the evening talks.
The culture nights in Rimini start on Wednesday 6 July at 9 pm in the Arena Francesca da Rimini. Following the institutional greetings and a reminder of the founder of the Marcello Di Bella Festival, who recently passed away, Professors Giovanni Brizzi and Gino Bandelli will discuss consensus in the ancient world and its reflections on modernity. On Friday 8 July, the evening meetings will begin at 9.30 pm, and again in the Arena it is the archaeologist Paolo Carafa who will tell the fascinating figure of Emperor Augustus, very much linked to the theme of consent.
On Wednesday 13 July, the Festival moves to the City Museum’s Lapidarywhere the directors of the museums of Rimini and Palazzo Madama in Turin, Giovanni Sassu and Giovanni CF Villa will talk about the relationship to the images and with the propaganda of two of history’s most important sovereigns: Charles V and Napoleon.
Friday the 15th of July is the turn of the historian Maria Giuseppina Muzzarelli entertain the public at Lapidary on the topic How to Limit Luxury and Maintain Consent. A testimony from the Middle Ages.
On Sunday, July 17, on the other hand, current affairs and the war in Ukraine will be discussed: Journalist Roberto Zichittella, historical voice from Radio3 Mondo, will lead a three-part dialogue with Micol Flammini, pen from “Il Foglio”, and Elena Kostioukovitch, Russian author, on Zelensky’s communication strategies and propaganda strategies implemented by the Putin regime.
We return to the Arena for the latest appointments. On Wednesday 20 July, a confrontation between two refined and original intellectuals, Francesco Filippi and Lorenzo Pavolini, will be an opportunity to tell the dynamics of consent, between symbols and the exhibition of the body, during the fascist era.
Professor Ivano Dionigi, former rector of the University of Bologna, will be in charge Friday, July 22, makes the audience understand the etymology of consentwith a conversation with the suggestive title Words that kill, words that save.
Sunday, July 24th the guest of honor will be the great journalist, essayist and traveler Paolo Rumiz. Inspired by his latest book, Song for Europe, Rumiz will question Europe’s origins and values in relation to the festival’s theme.
Three days later, on July 27, art history will be the main character of the evening with another special guest: the English scholar David Ekserdjian, professor at the University of Leicester and one of the greatest art historians in Britain, who will analyze three-way conditions, which has associated the customers, the public and the altar paintings in different historical periods.
The closure is entrusted on July 31 to the effervescent intelligence of journalist Filippo Ceccarelli, the historical signature of the Republic, who in dialogue with Paolo Pagliaro will analyze Consensus in the Italian press today and end the journey through time of the XXIV edition of the Ancient World Festival with topicality.
The event is organized by Rimini Municipality – Ministry of Culture – Extra-European Museums and Cultures, with the publisher “Il Mulino”, and is supported by the patronage of the Emilia-Romagna region and the collaboration with the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini.