Among Europe’s most ancient public museums, the Museo Lapidario was instituted in 1745, thanks to the greek, etruscan, early venetian and roman epigraphic collection of the veronese illuminist Scipione Maffei. The collection includes 650 findings of considerable interest, including the greek reliefs admired by Goethe; there are inscriptions to exalt the value of writing as a form of memory and communication. The epigraphic material and reliefs are distributed by chronological sections in the courtyard, through which access is gained to the Teatro Filarmonico, to the underground or to two upper halls. The museum is frequented mostly by specialists, archaeological lapidary and art scholars.
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