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    Photoreal Pantheon Project

    What a marvelous plan. I wonder what the interior (and the exterior) of the Pantheon looked like at the time of Hadrian. Do we even know? I assume there were religious ceremonies, possible sacrifices to the gods. I can only wonder what sculptures of the gods and deified emperors existed inside. What other riches were found in the interior? The interior and exterior colors were certainly vibrant and not marble white. Good luck with your continued project. guy also known as gaius
  2. Thank you for reading my post. As you know, we cannot underestimate the influence and impact of Greek culture on ancient Rome. The practice of medicine was no exception. Galen, the famous and prolific physician in ancient Rome, was of Greek descent. The cult of Asclepius was still popular in the Roman Empire around 150 AD: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Galen Similar to today, physical challenges and illness can be devastating. In an ancient world where orthopedic interventions were crude, medical treatments not effective, and pain relief was unreliable, people would have been desperate in their search for relief. Also, the number and extent of permanent disabilities of former legionnaires would have been unimaginable. It would be little surprise that the cult of Asclepius would be popular in Ancient Rome. The Romans, being a practical people, would have adjusted their construction and buildings to meet the overwhelming needs of those who were physically challenged, especially those veterans who were injured in service to the Empire.
  3. Disability is a fact of life throughout history. Asclepeions were healing temples in the ancient world. They were dedicated to the Asclepius, the Greek healing god of medicine. Walking up the temple steps must have been a difficult task for many. I never considered ramps to help the physically challenged. https://www.world-archaeology.com/features/accessibility-at-ancient-greek-sanctuaries/ The academic article on the research: https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/antiquity/article/architecture-of-access-ramps-at-ancient-greek-healing-sanctuaries/3C28B200442E222601E3034170F275A6 Summary: I never thought about this aspect of ancient life. Despite personally having numerous hip and knee surgeries, I never considered the unique challenges of those with disabilities would have in the ancient world. It is not surprising, however, to see that there were accommodations for those with physical challenges at least at the healing temples of Asclepius. guy also known as gaius
  4. A great podcast lecture about the Justinian plague: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rc43 guy also known as gaius (Thank you Dr. Tom for bring this to my attention) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plague_of_Justinian
  5. Interesting find: https://www.livescience.com/christ-born-of-mary-church-artifact.html
  6. Here's a great quiz to guess the divinity on the reverse of twenty ancient Roman coins: http://www.roth37.it/COINS/Sfinge/rovesci/rovesci.html I want to thank Ocatarinetabellatchitchix, from cointalk.com for this excellent link guy also known as gaius
  7. A better article on the find: The post has a nice video, also: http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/beit-nattif-oil-lamp-workshop-09214.html
  8. Another interesting find: https://www.thenationalherald.com/culture/arthro/roman_era_shipwreck_found_in_the_sea_off_the_greek_island_of_kassos_photos-1607629/ https://greekcitytimes.com/2021/01/20/ancient-roman-shipwreck-kassos/ guy also known as gaius
  9. Good to see that things are slowly starting to open up. In this case, the site of emperor Tiberius' palace on the Palantine Hill will reopen after 40 years. https://www.wantedinrome.com/news/rome-to-reopen-domus-tiberiana-imperial-palace-on-palatine-hill.html http://www.ansamed.info/ansamed/en/news/nations/italy/2021/01/13/archaeology-domus-tiberiana-to-reopen-after-40-years_c1bc5bd6-4bd3-4e88-8c4b-a264a706ef95.html Interestingly, this structure is probably not Tiberius' palace. http://archive1.village.virginia.edu/spw4s/RomanForum/GoogleEarth/AK_GE/AK_HTML/HP-005.html Summary: Despite the lockdowns, it is good to see that renovations and excavations continue. guy also known as gaius
  10. Another great but poignant find of a young child and a pet. This one was from first century AD Roman Gaul. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/15/2000-year-old-remains-of-infant-and-pet-dog-uncovered-in-france Summary: This was a very poignant find. Hopefully many new secrets of ancient Rome will be uncovered soon. guy also known as gaius
  11. An interesting find in Turkey during routine excavation of a wall: https://www.dailysabah.com/turkey/onlooker-notices-roman-era-stele-at-construction-site-in-northwest-turkey/news Summary: This is an interesting upright stone slab bearing an inscription (stele) accidently unearthed during routine excavation. guy also known as gaius
  12. Many ancient Roman concrete structures persist to this day. The amazing strength and durability of many ancient Roman structures, especially those submerged in water, has amazed researchers. Many believe that it is the chemical reaction between seawater with a mixture of volcanic ash and quicklime that creates a highly resistant mineral known as aluminous toberormorite. Recently, a nuclear plant in Japan was decommissioned. Surprisingly, researchers found aluminous tobermorite in the walls of the nuclear powerplant, helping to explain the walls’ unexpected increased strength. https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/29056/20210112/roman-concrete-found-japanese-nuclear-power-plant-stands-test-time.htm Summary: This is another example of modern technology giving new insight into many aspects of life in ancient Rome. guy also known as gaius
  13. https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2021/01/pompeiis-alexander-great-mosaic-set-to.html Some background information on the mosaic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexander_Mosaic Summary: It will be interesting to see the final repairs. guy also known as gaius
  14. The famous pink beaches in Budelli, Italy (in Northern Sardinia) are beautiful ... but no one can visit. It's sole resident now might be evicted. There is only one person living on the island, the elderly Mauro Morandi. He is a modern Robinson Crusoe. It looks like he's being asked soon to leave, however. (See video below) https://www.benvenutolimos.com/blog/pink-beach-italy-whose-anyway/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budelli guy also known as gaius (i want to thank Lapham's Quarterly for bringing this island to my attention in an unrelated article.)
  15. An interesting find in Turkey: The 38 cm (almost 15 inch) statue of Asclepius. A little background: Bust of Zeus-Serapis https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/11/27/statue-greek-deities-turkish-media/#:~:text=Discovered Zeus-Serapis bust.,restorers on the excavation team. Kibyra is in modern day southwest Turkey, located in Burdur province: https://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/significant-roman-era-artifacts-found-in-kibyra-160306 Summary: The cult of Asclepius was widespread. This is another great find in a less known ancient Roman city. guy also known as gaius