archaicwonder: Orichalcum Sestertius of Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus (AD 69-79) Among the finest known, a numismatic masterpiece with a bird’s eye view of the Flavian Amphitheater. On the coin is the Flavian Amphitheater (The Colosseum) of Rome.
Good Day Readers! So, let’s talk about some sports since the Olympics and the Super Bowl are just around the corner. While the Olympic Games were “the”competition of Ancient Greece; the chariot races were the oldest and most popular spectacle of Ancient Rome.
rodonnell-hixenbaugh: Roman Terracotta Provacator Gladiator An ancient Roman terracotta statuette upper part of a provacator gladiator. www.hixenbaugh.net
Julio Peña's insight:
Interesting little figurine. While looking at the three pictures included in the link I noticed a couple of things: a) A small pugio? b) Is his shield 4-sectional or is that artistic convention? c) If one sees in the back as in the picture above one may notice the straps which I think are holding the "manica".
In the late Republican and early Imperial era, the armament of a provocator ("challenger") mirrored legionary armature. In the later Imperial period, their armament ceased to reflect its military origins, and changes in armament followed changes in arena fashion only. Provocatores have been shown wearing a loincloth, a belt, a long greave on the left leg, a manica on the lower right arm, and a visored helmet without brim or crest, but with a feather on each side. They were the only gladiators protected by a breastplate (cardiophylax) which is usually rectangular, later often crescent-shaped. They fought with a tall, rectangular shield and the gladius. They were paired only against other provocatores."
“He was a man of joyous life and well versed in letters. In the palace his stay was but a short one but he was considerate of his family, well-dressed, elegant in appearance, a man of regal beauty, with a countenance that commanded respect, a speaker of unusual eloquence, deft at writing verse, and, moreover, not altogether a failure in public life.” – Historia Augusta
When the cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum were suddenly consumed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 C.E., many of their buildings were so intimately preserved that modern archaeologists can even read the graffiti scribbled onto their ancient walls. See if any of these remind you of a twenty-first century bathroom...
The following is our view of the top ten roman forts in Provincia Britannia. Provincia Britannia, today known as Roman Britain, was a province of the Roman Empire from 43 to 409, spanning at its height in 160, the southern three-quarters of the...
A tweet drew my attention to a monument by a certain Tiberius Claudius Babillus which mentions the library of Alexandria. There is a Wikipedia article about him here, asserting that he died in 59 AD (we will all be wary of anything in this source...
Para resaltar el prestigio social de las grandes familias romanas había diferentes maneras de representar a los antepasados y a todas ellas se les llamaba, en general, imagines maiorum: Ya sean las máscaras conservadas en un armario en el atrio, o...
LYDIA, Sardis. Diva Claudia Octavia. Died AD 62. Æ (18mm, 6.11 g, 12h). Mindios, strategos for the second time. ΘEAN OKTAOYIAN, draped bust right, wearing wreath of grain ears / Veiled female standing right, holding scepter.
Julio Peña's insight:
From the site:
"Beloved by the populace but hated by her husband, Claudia Octavia’s marriage to her stepbrother Nero was an unhappy one. When an affair with his mistress Poppaea Sabina resulted in pregnancy, Nero divorced Octavia and had her banished to the island of Pandateria on a false (and ironic) charge of adultery. The Roman population demanded for her return, but she was soon after executed on the order of Poppaea. cngcoins.com"
La clasificación de los yelmos romanos es compleja debido a que muchas veces nos encontramos con distintas formas de clasificarlos según que estudios se usen para ello. Los principales son los de Russell-Robinson, usado por los historiadores anglosajones, y los de Marcus Junkelmann, empleado por historiadores alemanes y centro-europeos.
En la exposición de la Villa de los Papiros de las Naves del Matadero (Madrid) pude fotografiar esta placa funeraria, encontrada en Talavera de la Reina (Toledo), aunque actualmente pertenece a los fondos del Museo Arqueológico Nacional de Madrid).