Achilles and the Trojan War

This never-before-seen immersive exhibition at the Musée de la Romanité will whisk you away into the fascinating world of Achilles, legendary hero of Greek mythology.

Discover the epic tale of Achilles’ bravery and courage during the Trojan War, a story that continues to inspire the collective imagination, one century after another.

Journey back in time to the complex origins of the Trojan War, and discover the events that led up to this legendary battle.

Learn about Achilles’ childhood, and how his upbringing and certain influences in his life shaped his character, and then explore the key role he played in the Trojan War. Meet the iconic people he met along the way, both Trojan heroes and Greek warriors, and hear the fascinating stories of his interactions and legendary battles.

Finally, let us guide you on a journey through time, and show you how the myth of Achilles has evolved through the ages.

The exhibition showcases a varied selection of pieces, mainly from the museum’s collections, including a vast 30 m2 mosaic that was discovered in a lavish residence of the Jaurès district. The visitor’s tour really calls on the imagination and is accessible to everyone, opening with a monumental digital mural that invites you to follow in the footsteps of this legendary hero, from his birth to his tragic demise, at the very core of the great myth that is the Trojan War.

Associated programme 

Donating museums

» Musée du Louvre

» Cabinet des médailles de la Bibliothèque nationale de France

» Musée de Picardie – Amiens

» Musée des Antiquités de Rouen

» Musée d’Aquitaine – Bordeaux

» Musée Saint-Raymond de Toulouse

» Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nîmes

» Bibliothèque Carré d’Art – Jean Bousquet – Nîmes


Exhibition curators

Scientific Commission

» Nicolas de Larquier : chief curator, Musée de la Romanité

» Lucile Novellini : head of audiences services, Musée de la Romanité

» Raffaella Gafà : study manager, Musée de la Romanité

Executive Commissariat

» Claire Champetier : assistant to the curator, Musée de la Romanité