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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.

Roman villa in Croatia

In the north of Croatia, on the Vizula peninsula, there are remains of an exclusive Roman villa that was built in the 1st century CE and was inhabited until the 6th century CE. The building has been rebuilt many times over the centuries.

Roman villa in Croatia

Roman arch in Rijeka

Roman arch in Rijeka (Croatia) is by no means a triumphal arch. It was the main entrance to the very centre of the late Roman city of Tarsatica (today’s Rijeka). Over time, the arch was surrounded by tenement houses in the Middle Ages.

Roman arch in Rijeka

Roman forum in Zadar

The Croatian city of Zadar (Iadera) was founded in the middle of the 1st century BCE as a colony in which Roman veterans settled. The city underwent gradual development, and its centre of social, economic and political life was in the forum in the centre of the city. It was established during the reign of the first emperor Octavian Augustus (27 BCE – 14 CE).

Forum Romanum in Zadar

Roman theater in Pula

The remains of a Roman small theatre are in Pula (Croatia). The object is dated to the 1st century CE and is located on the slope under the Castle. The theatre could accommodate from 4 to 5 thousand viewers, that is the city’s population at that time.

Roman theater in Pula

Temple of Augustus and Roma in Pula

The temple of Augustus and Roma in Pula (Croatia) was built at the end of the reign of the first emperor Octavian Augustus (27 BCE – 14 CE). The building was built on the podium; the front of the temple consists of a portico supported by columns in the Corinthian style.

Temple of Augustus and Roma in Pula

Roman wells in Croatia

On the island of Pag in Croatia, on the outskirts of the town of Kolan, there are old wells dating back to Roman times. They were part of the Roman aqueduct leading to the city of Caska. The wells guaranteed a source of clean water for the local community.

Roman wells in Croatia

Mons Claudianus – Roman quarry in Egypt

“Mount of Claudius” (Mons Claudianus) was a Roman quarry in the eastern desert of Egypt. This place owes its name to Emperor Claudius, who started mining as first. Grey granite (granodiorite), extremely valuable in ancient Rome, was mined there. The mine had its own garrison, shelters for civilians and workers or a supply and transport centre.

Remains of the Roman camp at Mons Claudianus

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