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  1. I saw THIS on MPC's Sextus Roscius link and thought it would be of interest to some of our members.

     

    It's a very interesting and informative documentary on the life and death of the Gladiator.

     

     

    Thank you for posting the link to the documentary. Not only did I enjoy that, but I bookmarked the site and have been enjoying other Timewatch programs and documentaries at that site. Especially, Terry Jones and "Medieval Life" (I'm in the wrong forum, sorry). Watched every one of them, then "Hidden Rome". I believe this may have been on TV,tho; but I enjoyed it again.


  2. Archaeologists have revealed plans to uncover the 2000 year-old tomb of ancient Egypt's most famous lovers, Cleopatra and the Roman general Mark Antony later this year. Zahi Hawass, prominent archaeologist and director of Egypt's superior council for antiquities announced a proposal to test the theory that the couple were buried together.

     

    He discussed the project in Cairo at a media conference about the ancient pharaohs. Hawass said that the remains of the legendary Egyptian queen and her Roman lover, Mark Antony, were inside a temple called Tabusiris Magna, 30 kilometres from the port city of Alexandria in northern Egypt...

     

    AKI

     

     

    This is so interesting, but I'm confused about how they know it's Cleopatra's tomb? Only because of the coins? Or does her name appear somewhere on the walls? And if it's been underwater, the remains would be destroyed. I can't wait to hear more about this. Thanks for sharing.


  3. Paintings of emperors (such as that of Septimius Severus below) weren't unknown, but they don't survive very well over time under normal conditions.

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    What is Septimius and the lady wearing on their heads? Crowns or hats? I don't believe I've ever seen a Roman (or sculpture) with a hat.


  4. It was originally believed that the portrait ( seen in my avatar) was originally that of Valentinian III, his sister Honoria and their mother Galla Placidia. Now archaeologists believe that it is just a portrait of an ordinary wealthy family, dating back to the third century BC.

     

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    I have never seen pictures like these. Thanks for sharing.

     

     

    What is written on the portrait?


  5. It was originally believed that the portrait ( seen in my avatar) was originally that of Valentinian III, his sister Honoria and their mother Galla Placidia. Now archaeologists believe that it is just a portrait of an ordinary wealthy family, dating back to the third century BC.

     

    Galla_Placidia_(rechts)_und_ihre_Kinder.jpg

     

     

    I have never seen pictures like these. Thanks for sharing.


  6. This topic has surely been discussed before, but being a lazy newbie, I didn't search the archives. Why do we not see more painted portraits and murals of emperors and important officials? Because they are fragile they just didn't survive that long or were statues considered more "proper", ect? I've seen photos of grave masks and pics of graffitti. And were documents ever illustrated?


  7. Thank you Nephele, I just now found this post! I copied and will save your reply to show my friends.

     

    Hateria Cerintha aka Crispina

     

    P.S Gaius Hortensius Frutex now wishes you a merry winter solstice as his head sits in the garden with an inch of snow on top!


  8. As promised here is Gaius Hortensius Frutex. A friend wrote to me that he is "just in time for Halloween" (!) Now that I think about it, he does resemble a ghoul; but then again some Roman senators were certainly "goulish". He has eyeballs, they just don't appear in the pic. Ha ha. Thanks again Nephele.

    And if I had been thinking I would have wrapped the ivy about his head, having no available laurel.

     

     

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  9. My first post! And want to begin by saying how happy I was to find this forum and how much I've enjoyed lurking as a "guest" these past months. Totally not what I expected my first question to be to you learned historians, but today I purchased a concrete head! He was only $10, but I saw him instantly as being given a position in one of my sunken gardens - a Medieval chap I thought. But..the more I looked upon him, the more I saw a sour faced Roman Senator! I've dubbed him, "Gaius Gardinius" (I know-not Latin for garden, but I like it). Me thinks he needs a third name. Can you help me?

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