Latrinae, SPQR

How the Romans did their business: images of Latrines throughout the Roman world

In Roman times, toilets used to be a public and convivial place. An epigram from Martial reveals just how public privies were among the most frequented places in the city for socializing: "In omnibus Vacerra quod conclavibus consumit horas et die toto sedet, cenaturit Vacerra, non cacaturit." which translates to "In privies Vacerra consumes the hours; the whole… Continue reading How the Romans did their business: images of Latrines throughout the Roman world

Aqueduct, Archaeology Travel, Spain, SPQR

Picture of the day: Los Milagros Aqueduct, Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain)

The Los Milagros Aqueduct (Acueducto de Los Milagros) is an incredibly well-preserved Roman water supply system in Mérida in Spain. Augusta Emerita was a Roman city in western Spain, modern Mérida, capital of the province of Lusitania. It was a very large city, which needed three aqueducts. The most impressive of these is the Los Milagros aqueduct "Miraculous Aqueduct".… Continue reading Picture of the day: Los Milagros Aqueduct, Augusta Emerita (Mérida, Spain)

Asia Minor, Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Pamphylia, SPQR, Turkey

Statue of Hadrian wearing the Corona Civica (Civic Crown), from the North Nymphaeum at Perga, Antalya Museum

Inv. no. 3861-3863 Baiae portrait sculptural type. The emperor is depicted here as a nude hero. A paludamentum is draped over his left shoulder and arm. In his left hand is the sheath and sword and he wears a laurel wreath on his head.

Antinous, Hadrian's Villa, SPQR

Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums

White, coarse-grained marble Height: 100 cm (plus socle) Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Sala Rontonda) Inv. 251 Provenance: Found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, 1790. Briefly exhibited in Paris from 1801 until the end of Napoleon's regime. The face of the emperor Hadrian's young "favourite" is framed by thick hair with thick, curly ringlets falling over the… Continue reading Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums

Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, SPQR

Marble, colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, found in Athens, AD 130-138, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, made of pentelic marble. It was found in Athens. The emperor wears a wreath of oak leaves that end above his forehead in a medallion representing an eagle. The holes in the hoop of the wreath were used to inlay golden leaves. Height 0,55 m. Source http://www.namuseum.gr/collections/sculpture/roman/roman08-en.html More… Continue reading Marble, colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, found in Athens, AD 130-138, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Roman Portraiture, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!

Septimius Severus was born on 11 April AD 145 in the African city of Leptis Magna, whose magnificent ruins are located in modern-day Libya, 130 miles east of Tripoli. --- Although Severus was not a member of the Antonine Dynasty, he and his descendants had close ties with the Antonine emperors. Severus' grandfather was a duumvir under Trajan, his cousins received suffect… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!