~ Nero and Agrippina Minor, relief from the Sebasteion at Aphrodisias.

Date: A.D. 54-58

Medium: Marble

Provenience: Aphrodisias, Archaeological Museum



Oldest olive oil – The nearly 2,000 year old bottle filled with solidified olive oil from Pompeii (and carbonized bread on the left). Roman, 79 AD


Colosso di Costantino


Sea horse from the Roman baths at Bath, England, UK.  Photo credit: 

© Andrew Dunn/Andrew Dunn Photography/Wikimedia Commons.


The Ides of March are come.

Aye, Caesar, but not gone.


Statue of the emperor Hadrian (r. 117-138 CE) as pontifex maximus.  From Rome; now in the Capitoline Museums. Photo credit: Carole Raddato.


The breastplate of the statue “Augustus of Primaporta

“Augustus has the gods on his side, he is an international military victor, and he is the bringer of the Pax Romana, a peace that encompasses all the lands of the Roman Empire…This statue is not simply a portrait of the emperor, it expresses Augustus’ connection to the past, his role as a military victor, his connection to the gods, and his role as the bringer of the Roman Peace.


The arch of Septimius Severus. Rome

It was erected in 203 to glorify the military victories of Emperor Septimius Severus and his sons Geta and Caracalla on the Parthians, in the two campaigns of 194/195 and 197-199.