In the Archaeological Museum in Naples, in a small side room in which a collection of ancient gems is exhibited, there is probably one of the most unusual exhibits – the so-called Tazza Farnese – a stone plate with a diameter of about 20 cm. Whenever I look into Naples and stand before this masterpiece, I can’t get over the artistry of former craftsmen. But beyond beauty, there is something else about it: an amazing story that would be a good script for a fascinating movie.
Curiosities of ancient Rome (Discoveries)
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.
In 2007, a unique discovery was made on the northeastern slope of the Palatine. Clementina Panella at the head of the research team found a mysterious chest inside which were located imperial banners (signa imperii) and the scepter of the Roman emperor.
In an Italian city in the north of Italy – Como – hundreds of gold Roman coins were found. The objects are dated to the 5th century CE, and found in a stone urn in the basement of Cressioni’s theater.
In April 1485, there was an amazing discovery along Via Appia, near Rome. Namely, the corpse of a Roman girl was extracted in a great condition – dating back nearly 15 centuries. Italian intellectual Bartolomeo Fonzio from the Renaissance describes the find in a letter to his friend in Florence.