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9th Century: Mandrake

In that valley which encompasses the city on the north side there is a certain place called Baaras, which produces a root of the same name with itself; its color is like to that of flame, and towards the evenings … Continue reading

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2nd Century: Dodecahedron

The following entry appears in the 1849 catalog of the miscellaneous collections of the Society of Antiquaries of London: A singular object of bronze, in form of a hollow dodecahedron…with a ball attached to each angle; each of its pentagonal … Continue reading

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1906: Martyr

F. Holland Day – Saint Sebastian (1906) Although the traditional iconography shows Saint Sebastian pierced by arrows, this is not actually how he dies and becomes a martyr. The 13th century Legenda aurea, a collection of hagiographies by Jacobus de … Continue reading

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100 AD: Leucippus

Galatea, daughter of Eurytius, who was son of Sparton, married at Phaestus in Crete Pandion’s son, Lamprus, a man of good family but without means. When Galatea became pregnant, Lamprus prayed to have a son and said plainly to his … Continue reading

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1960: Low-Speed Flight

Federico Fellini, director: La Dolce Vita (1960)

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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 AD: 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 AD: Apollo

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

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312 AD: 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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