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Sculpture vs. Painting

The Augustus of Prima Porta, a statue of Augustus Caesar found in the villa of his wife Livia.

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"The strengths of Roman sculpture are in portraiture, where they were less concerned with the ideal than the Greeks or Ancient Egyptians, and produced many very characterful works, and in narrative relief scenes."

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Roman Bronze bust of L. Cornelius Pusio (left profile) | da Roger B. Ulrich

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Mosaic octopus covered in 30 to 40 feet of volcanic ash from the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Pompeii is like a time capsule taking you back to the exact day in which this natural disaster took place. Coins were still present on top of carts that carried fresh fruit for sale in the streets on that fateful day. I find this amazing.

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Lamb of God mosaic from the vault of the presbytery of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, building began in 527 AD. Photo Nick Thompson

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Roman Grave Relief - In Karacabey District, Bursa (Turkey) two grave reliefs and 25 copper and bronze coins, all of which were prepared for sale, belong to the Roman period, were seized - 28 November 2016.

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Roman Bronze bust of L. Cornelius Pusio | da Roger B. Ulrich

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