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Relief fragment, Imperial, 1st–2nd century a.d., Roman; found at Sardis. The relief shows part of a scene of a venatio (a series of games in the theater or circus comprising fights between men and animals or between different types of animals). At the bottom is what remains of a Greek inscription, indicating that the scene represents the third day of the games.

Relief fragment, Imperial, 1st–2nd century a.d., Roman; found at Sardis. The relief shows part of a scene of a venatio (a series of games in the theater or circus comprising fights between men and animals or between different types of animals). At the bottom is what remains of a Greek inscription, indicating that the scene represents the third day of the games.

Men in chains, relief found at Smyrna (marble), Men in chains, relief found at Smyrna (marble), Roman, (3rd century AD) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library (Izmir Roman Smyrna animal animals antiquities antiquity chained chains male men prisoner relief sculpture shackled shackles slave slavery)

Men in chains, relief found at Smyrna (marble), Men in chains, relief found at Smyrna (marble), Roman, (3rd century AD) / Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford, UK / The Bridgeman Art Library (Izmir Roman Smyrna animal animals antiquities antiquity chained chains male men prisoner relief sculpture shackled shackles slave slavery)

Augustus of Prima Porta (Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor) - Unknown, 1st century. (Vatican Museums)

Augustus of Prima Porta (Augustus Caesar, the first Roman emperor) - Unknown, 1st century. (Vatican Museums)

Munera:  ΑΓΟΡΑΚΙΤΟΣ  vs   ΜΑΡΙΣΚΟΣ by egisto.sani, via Flickr

Munera: ΑΓΟΡΑΚΙΤΟΣ vs ΜΑΡΙΣΚΟΣ by egisto.sani, via Flickr

An early Christian marriage ring from Rome, circa 500

An early Christian marriage ring from Rome, circa 500

The gravestone of a Roman child-slave, Quintus Artulus. On the stone the four year old is holding the tools of a miner, an axe and a basket.

The gravestone of a Roman child-slave, Quintus Artulus. On the stone the four year old is holding the tools of a miner, an axe and a basket.

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Thracian gladiator, Roman Empire, 2nd half or 1st cent. AD

Thracian gladiator, Roman Empire, 2nd half or 1st cent. AD

Craftsman making a vase, relief, Roman, 2nd century (stone). Museo della Civilta Romana, Rome, Italy

Craftsman making a vase, relief, Roman, 2nd century (stone). Museo della Civilta Romana, Rome, Italy

For almost twenty-one years, from A.D. 117 to 138, Publius Aelius Hadrianus ruled one of the mightiest empires the world has ever seen. Rome 2nd century AD Bronze Torso.

For almost twenty-one years, from A.D. 117 to 138, Publius Aelius Hadrianus ruled one of the mightiest empires the world has ever seen. Rome 2nd century AD Bronze Torso.

*KNIFE FROM JEBEL EL-ARAK:  near Abydos. Negade II,3.500 - 3.100 BCE.Silex and hyppopotamus ivory, H: 25,5 cm Verso of the handle.A bearded person flanked by two lions,desert animals and dogs.Inspired by Mesopotamian art. E 11517 For overall and recto see 08-01-01/1,2.

*KNIFE FROM JEBEL EL-ARAK: near Abydos. Negade II,3.500 - 3.100 BCE.Silex and hyppopotamus ivory, H: 25,5 cm Verso of the handle.A bearded person flanked by two lions,desert animals and dogs.Inspired by Mesopotamian art. E 11517 For overall and recto see 08-01-01/1,2.

Mercury (Hermes), Eurydice, and Orpheus, Roman relief (marble), copy after Greek original, 1st century AD (original 5th c. BC), (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples).

Mercury (Hermes), Eurydice, and Orpheus, Roman relief (marble), copy after Greek original, 1st century AD (original 5th c. BC), (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Naples).

Portrait d’Homme, peut-être l’Empereur Hadrien (76 – 138 ap. J.-C.). Rome impériale, époque antonine, 96 – 192 ap. J.-C. Marbre ; H. : 22 cm – L. : 16 cm © Galerie Chenel Portrait of a Man, maybe the Emperor Hadrian (76 – 138 A.D.) Roman Imperial, Antonine Dynasty, 96 – 192 A.D. Marble ; H.: 22 cm – L.: 16 cm © Galerie Chenel

Portrait d’Homme, peut-être l’Empereur Hadrien (76 – 138 ap. J.-C.). Rome impériale, époque antonine, 96 – 192 ap. J.-C. Marbre ; H. : 22 cm – L. : 16 cm © Galerie Chenel Portrait of a Man, maybe the Emperor Hadrian (76 – 138 A.D.) Roman Imperial, Antonine Dynasty, 96 – 192 A.D. Marble ; H.: 22 cm – L.: 16 cm © Galerie Chenel

Diptych of Flavius Anastasius, Roman Consul in 517. Detail. Circus scene, men catching lions with ropes   Bibliotheque Nat.,Cabinet des Medailles, Paris, France

Diptych of Flavius Anastasius, Roman Consul in 517. Detail. Circus scene, men catching lions with ropes Bibliotheque Nat.,Cabinet des Medailles, Paris, France

A mondragone colossal head of Antinous from a Roman villa near Frascati (130-138 AD).

A mondragone colossal head of Antinous from a Roman villa near Frascati (130-138 AD).

Gladiator’s victories. 3rd century A.D. Inv. No. 125832, 125833. Rome, Roman National Museum. Rome, via Appia by the mausoleum of Caecilia Metella. Some fragments of a commemorative relief of an unknown gladiator’s ventures (contraretiarius), portrayed in several fights (pugnae) with his adversaries retiarii (gladiators who used net and trident). The inscription indicates the number of the fights won (I, XI, XII) and the beaten gladiator’s names:Improbus,Pantheriscus,Ilarus.

Gladiator’s victories. 3rd century A.D. Inv. No. 125832, 125833. Rome, Roman National Museum. Rome, via Appia by the mausoleum of Caecilia Metella. Some fragments of a commemorative relief of an unknown gladiator’s ventures (contraretiarius), portrayed in several fights (pugnae) with his adversaries retiarii (gladiators who used net and trident). The inscription indicates the number of the fights won (I, XI, XII) and the beaten gladiator’s names:Improbus,Pantheriscus,Ilarus.