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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.

Fayum portrait of man

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

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.

Expedition of merchant Alexander

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.

Visualization of tenement house in ancient Rome

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.

Beautiful Roman mosaic from France

Beautiful Roman mosaic from the 4th century CE that decorated the floor in one of the chambers of a Gallo-Roman villa, in Séviac in southern France. The mosaic was restored a few years ago.

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