Category: roman

Relief with cupids killing bulls. From the te…

Relief with cupids killing bulls.
From the temple of Venus Genetrix in the Forum of Caesar. Marble. Early 2nd cent. CE  [x]

Marble head of Demosthenes, 2nd century A.D….

Marble head of Demosthenes, 2nd century A.D., Roman, Stone sculpture. Copy of a Greek bronze statue by Polyeuktos of ca. 280 B.C.

Demosthenes (ca. 384–322 b.c.) of Athens is widely considered to be the greatest orator of ancient Greece. Early on in his career, he recognized that the rise in power of Philip II of Macedonia was a danger to the independence of Greece and initiated a lifelong aggressive anti-Macedonian policy, which he pleaded publicly to the Athenians and the citizens of other Greek city-states. More than fifty Roman portraits of Demosthenes are known, an eloquent testimony to his continued popularity in Roman times. All the existing portraits appear to reflect a single Greek original, most likely the posthumous portrait statue by the sculptor Polyeuktos erected in the Agora (marketplace) of Athens in 280 B.C. The fine head captures the orator in a characteristically harsh, unhappy yet determined expression, the countenance of a noble fanatic, great mind, and passionate patriot.

Source: The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.

The Porta Nigra is a large Roman city gate in …

The Porta Nigra is a large Roman city gate in Trier, Germany. It was built in grey sandstone between 186-200 AD. Photo by my friend Nina. 

A spectacular aerial view of the expansive r…

A spectacular aerial view of the expansive ruins of the Roman military colony of Timgad (Batna), Algeria. The landmarks which are prominent in this image are the magnificent triumphal Arch of Trajan, ca. 100 AD and the well-preserved ancient theater. (Photo: Geo Steinmetz/John Trikeriotis). .

Detail of a colossal statue of Antinous as D…

Detail of a colossal statue of Antinous as Dionysos Osiris, marble, Roman, Vatican Museums, Rome, Italy. 

Fresco of Cupids and Psyche making sacrifices, Pompeii  [x]

Fresco of Cupids and Psyche making sacrifices, Pompeii  [x]

“No young buck is complete until he has fallen in love.”

“No young buck is complete until he has fallen in love.”

Roman graffiti

Sarcophagus of a child with scenes of the myth of Prometheus and…

Sarcophagus of a child with scenes of the myth of Prometheus and the creation of man.
Marble. 3rd cent. CE  [x]

The cupids decorating a tripod, Herculaneum  [x]

The cupids decorating a tripod, Herculaneum  [x]

ccssiopeia:mythology: pantheons, part 1

ccssiopeia:

mythology: pantheons, part 1