Category: history

Antinous, Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy. 

Antinous, Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy. 

Scene from a long frieze painted on the wall…

Scene from a long frieze painted on the walls of the Villa of the Mysteries at Pompeii.

A bird among the shrubs and flowers of a gar…

A bird among the shrubs and flowers of a garden. A detail of Pompeian wall painting, 1st century AD. This painting exemplifies the Roman passion for gardens and countryside.

The Fountain of Juturna, Roman Forum, Rome, …

The Fountain of Juturna, Roman Forum, Rome, Italy. 

A woman giving a concert on the cithara, a f…

A woman giving a concert on the cithara, a form of lyre. Wall painting from Boscoreale c. 40 BC. This painting is believed to be a copy of a lost Hellenistic Greek work in which the woman was probably a royal personage.

Detail of the church of Santa Constanza. Built…

Detail of the church of Santa Constanza. Built in the mid-fourth century. It was originally a mausoleum for Constantia, the daughter of the emperor Constantine. Rome, Italy. 

A window to the past…Forum Romanum in R…

A window to the past…Forum Romanum in Rome…

Detail of the Arch of Titus. 

Detail of the Arch of Titus. 

The inscription:

SENATVS
POPVLVSQVE.ROMANVS.
DIVO.TITO.DIVI.VESPASIANI.F(ILIO).
VESPASIANO.AVGVSTO. 

Which means: “The Roman senate and people to the divine Titus Vespasianus Augustus, son of the divine Vespasian.
Rome, Italy.

The Maison Carree at Nimes in France. Probably…

The Maison Carree at Nimes in France. Probably built about 20 BC by Marcus Agrippa.

Temple of Saturn is the oldest temple in the…

Temple of Saturn is the oldest temple in the Forum Romanum, consecrated for the first time in 498 BCE. It is located in the west end of the Forum, behind the Rostra and the Basilica Julia. Rome, 🇮🇹