Curiosities

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Goths’ emigration

On August 9, 378 CE near Adrianopol (once Thrace, now the province of Edirne in Turkey) there was a great battle, the result of which Saint Ambrose summed up with the words: “the end of all humanity, the end of... Read more

Veni, vidi, vici – where do these words come from?

The words of Julius Caesar “Veni, vidi, vici” felt after a quick victory over king of Pontus. In 47 BCE Pharnaces II of Pontus challenged Rome. The matter was resolved by Caesar during the quick campaign ended with the victorious... Read more

Roman baths in Khenchela are still in use

Roman Baths (Aquae Flavianae), which were created during the reign of the Flavian dynasty, at the end of the 1st century AD. The site is located in the Aurès Mountains – mountain range in Khenchel province in Algeria. Baths are... Read more

Bacchus on chariot

In the Archaeological Museum in Seville there is an interesting Roman mosaic showing the triumph of Bacchus after his mythological conquest of India. God is pulled in a chariot by tigers and is surrounded by satire. The object dates to... Read more

Bronze platter engraved with strange figure

An antique bronze plateau that was laid in an Etruscan tomb from the 7th century BCE. Interestingly, the bowl has a strange figure scratched at the bottom. The property was admired by author of photo in Great Palaestra in Pompeii... Read more

Head of Augustus found in Lisbon

The marble head of the first emperor Augustus. The object was found at the Roman theater in Lisbon. Currently, the artifact can be admired in the local museum. Dated to the 1st century CE.... Read more

O tempora, o mores!

O tempora, o mores!, meaning “Oh the times! Oh the customs!” – these were the words Cicero uttered against Catilina. In his speech, Cicero turns to Catilina, who had previously tried to murder him. The great Roman speaker condemns corruption... Read more

Kiss in antiquity

The kiss plays an important role in many cultures to this day. It was no different in ancient times. Ancient Romans used it as a sign of friendship, respect or even greetings (salutatio) of the client’s patron. Different forms of... Read more

What was vomitorium?

At present, there is a common misconception that the vomitorium was a room specially dedicated by the ancient Romans to empty the stomach during banquets. In fact, the vomitorium was an exit in an amphitheater or stadium, allowing the crowd... Read more

“Wounded Warrior”

“Wounded warrior” sometimes also called “Farnese Gladiator” (from the collection of which he was part in modern times). The sculpture dates from the second century CE. and is of course a Roman copy of an older Greek work probably made... Read more

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