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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Monuments)

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.

Isca Augusta – Roman remains in Caerleon

Isca Augusta was a Roman fort and urban centre, whose remains are located nearby or in Caerleon, in South Wales. This is where the II Augustus legion camped, which took part in the invasion of Claudius in 43 CE. It was one of three permanent Roman camps in Britain that survived until the late Empire.

Roman Amphitheater in Caerleon

Amazing Roman theater in Aspendos

Amazing Roman theater in Aspendos, in Anatolia (southern Turkey). The facility was built in the middle of the 2nd century CE, on a natural slope. This theater is the best-preserved ancient theater in Asia Minor. The building was able to accommodate 12,000 spectators.

Amazing Roman theater in Aspendos

Remains of Roman bridge in Britain

In Piercebridge, northern England, there are preserved remains of a Roman bridge. The building connected two banks on the river Tees. Over the centuries, the river has narrowed and changed its course; therefore, the foundations are in the field.

Remains of a Roman bridge in Britain

Amphitheater in Pollenzo

Roman amphitheater in Pollenzo (Roman city Pollentia) no longer exists. However, the houses built on its foundations perfectly reflect its range and appearance.

Pollenzo Amphitheater

Colossi of Memnon – talking statue

Ancient tourists visiting Egypt were attracted by a pair of giant statues in Thebes, created in the fourteenth century BCE, near the Valley of the Kings: they were two figures sitting on the throne, each with a height of a six-story building.

Colossus of Memnon, or speaking statue

Roman villa next to Evenlode river

Beautiful Roman villa on the Evenlode River in Oxfordshire, north of Leigh. The building was one of the largest of its kind in Roman Britain. It had its peak period in the 4th century CE. The villa had baths, beautifully made mosaic floors and underfloor heating.

Roman villa on the river Evenlode

Roman aqueduct in Caesarea

The wonderfully preserved Roman aqueduct in Caesarea Maritima in Israel, which was established in the 1st century BCE. The building was created on the initiative of Herod Agrippa – King of Judea. Caesarea was once a prosperous ancient city that needed a constant supply of fresh water. The source was located 9 km from the city.

Roman aqueduct in Caesarea Seaside

St. Paul’s Catacombs in Malta

St. Paul’s Catacombs are underground burial chambers from Roman times in the city of Rabat (ancient city of Melite), in central Malta. In addition to these catacombs, we also distinguish the catacombs of St. Agata and Katald.

Catacombs of St. Paul in Malta

Domus Romana in Malta

Domus Romana are the remains of a Roman house in Malta on the border of the cities of Mdina and Rabat (the ancient city of Melite), in the central part of the island. The facility was inhabited in the 1st century BCE – 2nd century CE.

Domus Romana in Malta

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