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.
Fayum portrait of a man in a blue cloak. The painting was made with the encaustic method on a wooden panel. The object comes from the 1st-2nd century CE and is located as an exhibit at the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow (Russia).
Roman bronze bowl found near Chatham in the southeast of England. The object is dated to the 1st century CE. On the inside of the artifact, there is an inscription “Africanus” indicating the craftsman.
From the beginning of the 1st century CE, Roman society, and especially aristocratic families demanded more and more luxury goods imported from India. Among the Romans, pepper, ginger, all kinds of spices and exotic animals in the form of elephants or monkeys were in demand. This resulted in a huge increase in Roman trade expeditions to India, but they focused mainly on the west coast of the peninsula.
Spartacus, the leader of the greatest slave revolt in Roman history, was most likely of Thracian origin, as evidenced by his fighting style in the arenas. He was incorporated into the Roman army as a soldier of auxiliary units.
A very interesting visualization of a tenement house in ancient Rome, the so-called insula. Insula was the residence of ordinary Roman citizens, something like the present blocks. The tenement houses had several floors, and the walls had windows and doors overlooking the streets, which usually surrounded them on four sides.
Roman marble bust of Octavian August, depicting the emperor with the corona civica – on his head awarded to August by the Senate in exchange for appreciating him merit for ending the civil war. The bust is in the Munich Gliptotheque.
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