Inv. N° 1960, exhibited in the Central Hall. Found ca. 1700 in the Garden of the now-demolished Villa Casali in Rome. Called the "Antinous Casali," after its origin. «Der Kopf wird von vielen für den schönsten gehalten» (Friedrich von Ramdohr, 1787)
This week marks the anniversary of the Great Fire of Rome, one of the worst disasters ever to hit the Eternal City. This tragic event took place during the reign of Nero in 64 AD. The fire began in the merchant area of the city near the Circus Maximus and rapidly spread through the dry, wooden… Continue reading Magnum incendium Romae (the Burning of Rome, 64 AD) – Nero the Arsonist on screen
On this day (July, 9) in 118 A.D., Hadrian entered the city of Rome, eleven months after his succession to Trajan. RIC 554 Dupondius, 118 A.D. Obv: IMP CAESAR TRAIANVS HADRIANVS AVG Rad. r., dr. l. s. Rev: ADVENTVS AVG Roma, helmeted, seated r. on cuirass, holding spear in l. hand, clasping r. hands with… Continue reading Dupondius commemorating Hadrian’s arrival in Rome on July 9, 118 A.D.
"O Appian way, which Caesar consecrates under the form of Hercules, and renders the most celebrated of Italian roads..." Martial, Spectacula 9.101 Via Appia Antica, ancient Rome's "Queen of Roads", was once one of the world's most important roads. It was originally built in 312 BC by Appius Claudius Caecus, the then-censor of Rome, who began… Continue reading Wandering along the Appian Way – images from milestone I to VI
The Temple of Venus and Roma (Latin: Templum Veneris et Romae) was the largest temple in Ancient Rome. It was located at the far east side of the Forum Romanum, near the Colosseum. It was dedicated to the goddesses Venus Felix (Venus the Bringer of Good Fortune) and Roma Aeterna (Eternal Rome). The designer was… Continue reading The Temple of Venus and Roma, Upper Via Sacra, Rome
Column of Trajan, Carrara marble, completed in 113 AD, Trajan's Forum, Rome On this day (26th May) 107 AD, Trajan celebrates a triumph for his victories over the Dacians. The celebrations lasted 123 days and entertained the populace with a vast display of gladiators and animals. In Rome, Apollodorus of Damascus designed and built in the huge… Continue reading The Column of Trajan, Rome