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Curiosities of ancient Rome

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.

House of Aufidia Valentilla

In February 2020, it is a great pleasure to enter one of the closed facilities that are not open to tourists on a daily basis. What are we talking about? About the domus belonging to a certain Aufidia Valentilla.

Ancient bronze snail

Roman oil lamp made of bronze, showing a snail. The object was found in Pompeii and dates back to the 1st BCE – 1st century CE.

Tombstone of Marcus Favonius Facilis

Tombstone of Marcus Favonius Facilis, centurion in XX Legio Valeria Victrix. Facilis commanded a centuria, that is, a detachment of 80 to 100 soldiers. His unit was stationed at the fort in Colonia Victricensis/Camulodunum. This tombstone is one of the oldest surviving Roman sculptures in Britain.

Possible sightseeing of Roman ship near coast of Spain

Near Villajoyosa (eastern coast of Spain), at the bottom of the sea, there is a Roman shipwreck (called Bou Ferrer) from the 1st century CE. The vessel is located at a depth of about 25 meters and about 1000 meters from the shore. Since 2013, the wreck has been made available to tourists for sightseeing.

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