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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.

Wreck of Roman ship from Sicily

In 1999, a Roman merchant ship from the 3rd century CE was discovered near the Sicilian city of Trapani. The object was at a depth of less than two meters – 150 meters from the shore. The object was not excavated from the sea until 2011 and underwent conservation. Since 2015, the artefact is in the Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo in Marsala (Sicily).

Wreck of Punic warship from Marsala

In 1971, the remains of a Punic military ship were discovered in the port of the Sicilian city of Marsala. They are the oldest surviving remains of this type. Researchers refer to the ship as “Punta Scario” and believe it was either a reconnaissance vessel or was used to tare smaller boats.

Roman copy of Greek sculpture depicting warrior

Roman copy of a Greek sculpture from the 5th century BCE. Scientists date the object to the years of the Severian dynasty (193-235 CE). The sculpture shows the naked body of a male warrior, with a garment in his left hand and a shoulder strap to hold the scabbard and weapons (balteo). The artifact is in the Parco Archeologico di Lilibeo in Marsala (Sicily).

Roman silver tray

Roman silver tray, known as “Corbridge Lanx”. There are scenes from Greek mythology on the vessel. It is located in the British Museum and was found in the 18th century in northern England. Dated to the 4th century CE.

Roman tombstone of Gaius Valerius Taurus

Roman tombstone of Gaius Valerius Taurus. The deceased at the time of death was 30 years old and served 10 years in the 4th Macedonica legion. Object found in Mainz (West Germany) and dated to the 1st century CE.

Roman relief showing men operating crane

Roman relief from the tomb of the Haterii family. As can be seen in the bas-relief, the family was involved in construction work. We can see the building and the men operating the crane. The object is dated from the 1st-2nd century CE; now it is in the Vatican Museums in Rome.

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