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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Reconstructions)

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.

Reconstruction of street bar in Pompeii

Reconstruction of a street bar (thermopolium) in Pompeii. Thermopolium was an ancient street bar that literally means: “a place where (something) warm is sold.” This type of place was popular in Greek or Roman cities among the poor who could not afford their own kitchen. Nowadays, we could describe such a place as “fast food”.

Reconstruction of street bar in Pompeii

Reconstruction of Cicero’s image

Computer reconstruction of the image of Cicero (106-43 BCE) based on a Roman sculpture. Visualized by Alessandro Tomasi, who uses Photoshop and Artbreeder for his work. As the artist pointed out, his work is based on numerous ancient sources, and his portfolio includes numerous visualizations of figures from antiquity.

Reconstruction of Cicero's image

Color reconstruction of tombstone

Color reconstruction of the tombstone of a certain M. Vinicius Corinthus and Tyche. It is located in the Archaeological Museum of Florence. Dated to the 1st century BCE. The author of the reconstruction is Ritchie Pogorzelski.

Color reconstruction of tombstone

Contemporary reconstruction of trireme

In the years 1985-1987 the ancient trireme (“three oars”) called “Olympias”, used by the Greeks, was recreated on a 1: 1 scale. These types of ships were naturally also used by other ancient armies, such as Rome or Carthage.

A modern reconstruction of a trireme named Olympias

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