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.
Roman relief from Ostia showing a cutlery shop. Interestingly, the ancient Romans mainly used spoons (furca) and hands in eating; forks and knives were used to cut, prepare and serve dishes. Object dated to the 1st century CE.
Extremely interesting mosaic floor from Villa Romana del Casale – a luxury villa in Sicily. The work shows women in bikinis practising sports (weightlifting, discus throwing, running and playing ball). On the left, one of the girls – wearing a toga – hands a crown and a spot of victory.
Roman vase from Colchester (England) showing the fight of gladiators in the arena. The object was found in a grave in 1848. Above the figures of four gladiators and their names: Secundus, Mario, Memnon and Valentinus.
Roman mosaic showing venatores – warriors who hunted wild animals in the arena. The object is dated from the 3rd-4th century CE; found in the remains of the imperial palace in Gamzigrad – Felix Romuliana complex – near Zaječar, in eastern Serbia.
Fragment of a Roman sculpture depicting Jupiter Tonans (the Thunderer). The object was found in the Temple of Jupiter in Pompeii. Height: 70 cm. It is now housed in the National Archaeological Museum of Naples.
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