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4th Century: Apollo

Head of Apollo of the Anzio type; Roman copy of a 4th century Greek original.  

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312: The Emperor’s Foot

Foot of the colossal statue of Roman emperor Constantine the Great in the Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini. The statue, of which several fragments survive, would have been 40 feet tall. “Precise dating of the … Continue reading

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1756: Allegory

Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Allegorical Frontispiece of Rome and its history from Le Antichita Romane (1756)

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100 BC: Permixtio Terrae Oriri Coepit

Ceterum mos partium et factionum ac deinde omnium malarum artium paucis ante annis Romae ortus est otio atque abundantia earum rerum, quae prima mortales ducunt. Nam ante Carthaginem deletam populus et senatus Romanus placide modesteque inter se rem publicam tractabant, … Continue reading

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450 BC: Wanting in Delicacy

Athlete with head of Lucius Verus [detail] (c. 460-450 BC); Braccio Nuovo, Vatican. (source) This portrait-statue, described in the Vatican Catalogue as heroic, is (though larger than life) perhaps as completely the opposite as one can conceive. It may be … Continue reading

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3rd Century: A Slave Rebellion on Chios

Athenaeus of Naucratis relates the story of a slave revolt in an early 3rd-century Greek work called the Deipnosophistae. It takes place on the Greek island of Chios, close to what is now Turkey. Athenaeus first explains that, unlike other … Continue reading

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312 BC: A Musicians’ Strike in Ancient Rome

It is…a mistaken idea to suppose that strikes are modern inventions. They are indeed of ancient origin. Livy speaks of an or­ganized strike in the year 312 b.c., the description of which, although sufficiently humorous to make a background to … Continue reading

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