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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Artifact)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Theseus killing Minotaur

Roman mosaic showing the scene of Theseus’ killing the Minotaur. The object was found in the province of Retia (eastern Switzerland). Object dated to the 1st-2nd century CE; is currently at the University Library Freiburg in Germany.

Theseus killing Minotaur

Roman brooch in shape of frog

Roman brooch in the shape of a frog. Frogs are believed to have apotropaic value, that is, they protected against evil forces. The object is dated to the 2nd-4th century CE.

Roman brooch in shape of frog

Roman enamel brooch

Roman enamel brooch made of bronze. Subject was found in Carlungie in eastern Scotland. The artifact was imported from Gaul and dates back to the 1st-2nd century CE.

Roman enamel brooch

Mercury – statue from 2nd century CE

Mercury – Roman statue from the 2nd century CE, made of bronze. The object is located in the museum at Colchester Castle (built on the foundations of the Claudius Temple). In Roman times the city was called Camulodunum or Colonia Claudia Victricensis.

Mercury - statue from 2nd century CE

Colossus from Capitol

In the Capitoline Museums we can admire the colossal marble sculpture depicting the Mars Avenger (Mars Ultor). However, this is not an ordinary image of Mars – according to some researchers, the god in this case has the features of Pyrrhus, the great leader and king of Epirus.

Colossus from Capitol

Dragon on ancient mosaic

An ancient mosaic depicting a dragon or a sea monster according to the Greek images. The mosaic dates back to the 4th century BCE and was found in Calabria, in the south of Italy. Currently, the object is housed in the Museo Archelogico di Monasterace in Calabria.

Dragon on ancient mosaic

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