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.
Tablet (No. 311) discovered at the Roman camp of Vindolanda, in northern England. In the letter, Sollemnis addresses a certain Paris (a soldier of the third Batavian cohort), to whom he points out that he did not send him even a single message. The object is now in The British Museum and dates back to the 1st century CE.
The so-called Ludovisi’s great sarcophagus was discovered in 1621 in a tomb on Via Tiburtina and found its way into the collections of the famous collector of ancient art – Cardinal Ludovico Ludovisi, nephew of Pope Gregory XV.
Roman wall fresco depicting Amores playing hide and seek. Object dated to the middle of the 1st century CE. The painting was discovered at Herculaneum at Casa dei Cervi; now it is in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
Roman wooden tablet from Vindolanda (northern England) with the text of the message preserved. A plate was registered under the number 892. In ancient Rome, this type of plates were covered with wax and written with a special stylus. The preserved scratches on the wood allow the message to be recreated.
Roman saddle with preserved horns, made of bronze. The object is dated to the 1st century CE and is on display at the Dominikanermuseum Rottweil in Germany. The horns were found at Fort I and II in Rottweil.
Relief showing Emperor Caracalla crowned by Julia Domna (depicted as Victoria). The object dates from the beginning of the 3rd century CE; comes from Roman Syria. The object is located in the National Museum in Warsaw.
Ancient oil lamps discovered in the area of ancient Marsalia (Lilybaeum). Objects dated to the 1st BCE – 1st century CE. The objects were probably used for religious purposes; located in the Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo in Marsala (Sicily).
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