Aquileia was founded in 181 BC in the North-East of the Italian Peninsula and was vested with military, economic and commercial functions. Its excellent location, a well-equipped river port and commercial and cultural relations with both the eastern Mediterranean and Northern Europe, turned it into Italy’s fourth-largest and most important city and in the ninth-largest of the whole Roman Empire. The exhibition “Aquileia: the Crossroads of the Empire” was set up in 2009 and has since then toured all of Europe to illustrate the role played by Aquileia in the Roman Empire. The exhibition will now make a stop at the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin from 23 August to 23 September. The event is promoted by the Mitteleuropa Cultural Association in partnership with the Fogolâr Furlan d’Irlanda and the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin, and with the support of the Ente Friuli nel Mondo, the Province of Udine, the Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and Turismo Friuli Venezia Giulia. The opening is scheduled from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on 23 August and will be attended by Paolo Petiziol, the president of Mitteleuropa, a non-profit organization founded in Friuli in 1974 with the aim of promoting social, cultural and economic dialogue among different European cultures and ethnic groups.