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“This work is not only universally esteemed, but is accounted one of the rarest specimens of magnificence.”
In this quote from On Architecture (VII.15), Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius is speaking of the very structure shown here: the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens.
While construction on this ancient Greek temple began during the 6th century BC, it was completed much later by Roman emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century AD.
Photos courtesy of & taken by F. Tronchin.
Paul Gulacy, 1980.
Jadeite olmec mask
17.1cm high and 16.5cm wide (6 3/4 x 6 5/16 inch.)
Mesoamerican, Mexican, Olmec culture, 10th - 6th century BC.
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Rare Roman Special Purpose Arrowhead, from Pannonia, c. 2nd-4th century AD
This rare special purpose arrowhead is made of iron with a wide flat head pierced by two holes and strengthened by a central rib. It’s very rare, an excellent example and in excellent condition, especially for an ancient iron artifact. The exact use of these rare arrowheads is not certain. Experts speculate that they carried either fire or messages, likely signal streamers attached to the two holes for signaling legions during combat.
Pannonia was an ancient province of the Roman Empire bounded north and east by the Danube, coterminous westward with Noricum and upper Italy, and southward with Dalmatia and upper Moesia. Pannonia was located over the territory of the present-day western Hungary, eastern Austria, northern Croatia, north-western Serbia, Slovenia, western Slovakia and northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Paintings from antiquity rarely survive—paint, after all, is a much less durable medium than stone or bronze sculpture. But it is thanks to the ancient Roman city of Pompeii that we can trace the history of Roman wall painting. The entire city was buried in volcanic ash in 79 C.E. when the volcano at Mount Vesuvius erupted, thus preserving the rich colors in the paintings in the houses and monuments there for thousands of years until their rediscovery. These paintings represent an uninterrupted sequence of two centuries of evidence. And it is thanks to August Mau, a nineteenth-century German scholar, that we have a classification of four styles of Pompeian wall painting.
- More on: Roman wall painting styles