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5th Century BC: Hermes Kriophoros

Hermes Kriophoros – Roman copy of 5th century BC Greek original “Kriophoros” is Greek for “ram-bearer.” The epithet became associated with the god Hermes in connection with a story from the city of Tanagra, here retold by the traveler and … Continue reading

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2nd Century: I Was Trained to Run Boldly through Strange Forests

A 1st or 2nd century Roman epitaph for a pet dog named Margarita (“Pearl”), written from the point of view of the deceased: [G]ALLIA · ME · GENVIT · NOMEN · MIHI · DIVITIS · VNDAE CONCHA · DEDIT · … Continue reading

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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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