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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 image of Hadrian

Reconstruction of the image of Emperor Hadrian, who ruled in 117-138 CE. Hadrian was related to Emperor Trajan – as the grandson of his aunt. When he lost his father, the future Emperor Trajan took charge of him. And so the young man climbed the career ladder; he was the commander of the troops fighting against the Dacians, later a consul to finally get the governorship of Syria. He was the third of the so-called five good emperors.

Reconstruction of Roman theater in Toulouse

Reconstruction of the Roman theater in today’s Toulouse (southern France) from the 1st century CE. The object was able to accommodate up to 8,000 viewers, which was a large number for a city with a population of nearly 30,000.

Reconstruction of Zenobia

Reconstruction of the image of queen Palmyra – Zenobia. After the death of her husband Odenatus, thanks to skilful politics, she led to a strong expansion in the region and gained full power in the eastern territories of the Roman Empire. In practice, it ruled in the years 267-272 CE. Finally, she was defeated and her usurpation ended thanks to Emperor Aurelian in 272 CE.

Reconstruction of nymphaeum in Amman

Reconstruction of the nymphaeum in Amman (Jordan), which was built in the 2nd century CE. It was a complex of fountains and pools for the worship of Nymphs. Researchers believe that the nymphaeum had a 600 square meter swimming pool, three meters deep. The building was a characteristic element of ancient cities and was often located in a representative place.

Model of Porta Nigra

Model of Porta Nigra (“Black Gate”) and Roman fortifications with a photo of the preserved gate. The monument is located in Trier (Roman Augusta Trevorum) in West Germany.

Reconstruction of Roman fort Richborough

Reconstruction of the Roman fort Richborough (Rutupiae) in the South East of England. Probably after the battle of Mons Graupius (83 CE), a triumphal arch was erected in the fort to commemorate the conquest of Britain. The foundations of the building and the remains of the walls have survived to this day.

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