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« on: September 21, 2008, 06:31:57 am »

Well I just returned from a fantastic trip to Italy.  The last week was spent in Rome.  This time I did absolutely nothing other then Roman sites.  Forum's, Caracalla's baths, Palatine hill, and the Capatoline (amongst other sights).  Here are a few of the Gold Aureii from the Capitoline museum.  The sign (in Italian) said that all the coins on display were found in or around the Capitoline hill during the demolition of the newer buildings and excavation of the site.  Italian museums though are notoriously inaccurate so take that with a grain of salt...
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2008, 06:36:48 am »

Bad lighting made it tough to get good shots...
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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2008, 06:45:02 am »

The crowning jewel (in my opinion) is the great Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius.  A reproduction sites in the central piazza, the original is inside beside the foundations to the temple of Jupiter.  This shot is of the one outside.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2008, 02:17:07 pm »

The Capitoline museum also has one of the largest marble statues and busts collections.  Here is Commodus as Hercules and a giant Minerva
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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2008, 02:22:08 pm »

...And an impressive she-wolf feeding Remus and Romulus...
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« Reply #5 on: September 24, 2008, 02:14:11 pm »

I'm amazed that they let you take photos of the coins. Maybe it was because my wife and I were the only ones in the numismatic area, but we had a security guard hovering and constantly telling us what not to do (take photos, stand in one place too long, etc.). They had a nice assortment of issues though.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2008, 01:44:01 pm »

Is that the original Etruscan wolf? You can tell the twins aren't from the same period.
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2008, 08:36:53 pm »

Yes it is advertised as the "Original" Etruscan Bronze.
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« Reply #8 on: October 02, 2008, 03:47:12 am »

The wolf is supposed to be 5th Century BC Etruscan, while the twins were added in the 15th century.
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