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Caracalla brought to life62 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H11/20/18 at 13:57*Alex: Fantastic!
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Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram70 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.

Sources:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naval_ram
http://www.learningsites.com/Athlit/AthlitRam_home.php

For other recovered galley rams see:
https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2013/04/rare-bronze-rams-found-at-site-of-final.html
https://www.historytoday.com/ann-natanson/roman-naval-power-raising-ram
1 commentsJoe Sermarini05/12/18 at 18:21*Alex: Fantastic preservation.
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Tyche of Antioch233 viewsThe Tyche of Antioch was a cult statue of the city goddess (fortune) of Antioch, venerated in a temple called the Tychaion. The statue was made by Eutychides of Sicyon (c. 335 - c. 275), a pupil of the great Lysippus. It was the best-known piece of Seleucid art, remarkable because it was sculpted to be viewed from all directions, unlike many statues from the period. Although the original has been lost, many copies exist, including the one in the photograph right, now at the Vatican. The goddess is seated on a rock (Mount Sipylus), has her right foot on a swimming figure (the river Orontes), wears a mural crown (the cityís walls), and has grain in her right hand (the city's fertility).2 commentsJoe Sermarini10/20/16 at 23:50Sam: Very nice and informative , thank you for sharing.
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Ceres123 viewsStatue of Ceres, in the Louvre Museum. Photo taken by me in May 2014.1 commentsMasis10/20/16 at 23:47Sam: Very nice , thank you for sharing.
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Eagle146 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis03/11/16 at 11:10*Alex:
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Eagle146 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis03/08/16 at 15:20Masis: Hello *Alex. No idea where, likely with the "Arc o...
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Eagle146 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis03/08/16 at 08:22*Alex: You were very lucky. It is a superb example. Do yo...
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Vitellius127 viewsStatue of Vitellius in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo taken by me in May 2014. Note the statue has retained some pigmentation from the original paint.1 commentsMasis03/03/16 at 17:24Mat: Great pic!
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Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey181 viewsThe Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, from the 2nd Century A.D., was discovered in 1864. It had been carefully buried under protective tiles, incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure supports himself lightly on his grounded vertical club; the skin of the Nemean Lion is draped over his left forearm, he holds the apples of Hesperides in his left hand. The sculpture is now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino.2 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/15 at 14:41Joe Sermarini: Certainly must have been added later.
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Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey181 viewsThe Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, from the 2nd Century A.D., was discovered in 1864. It had been carefully buried under protective tiles, incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure supports himself lightly on his grounded vertical club; the skin of the Nemean Lion is draped over his left forearm, he holds the apples of Hesperides in his left hand. The sculpture is now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino.2 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/15 at 03:30Charles S: A stunning beauty. I suppose the vine leaf has be...
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Hercules of the Forum Boarium178 viewsHercules of the Forum Boarium is a gilded 2nd century B.C. slightly over-lifesize bronze statue, which was found in the Forum Boarium in Rome. This statue is probably the one mentioned by Pliny, which originally stood in the Temple of Hercules Victor, by the Tiber. It lacks the lion skin. Perhaps a actual lion skin was once draped on it. The sculpture is now in the Musei Capitolini, Rome.1 commentsJoe Sermarini07/24/15 at 03:25Charles S: Fabulous masterpiece! Absolutely intact too !
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Seuthes III Bronze Head (Reproduction)127 viewsThe bronze head of Seuthes III was found ritually buried outside his tomb at Kazanlak. The photo is of a reproduction made to look as the head would have looked new. The actual bronze head is in remarkable similar condition with a slightly rougher greener patina and the eyes are plain green bronze.1 commentsJoe Sermarini03/17/15 at 10:01quadrans: Nice reproduction of the Seuthes III head..
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Tyche of Antioch233 viewsThe Tyche of Antioch was a cult statue of the city goddess (fortune) of Antioch, venerated in a temple called the Tychaion. The statue was made by Eutychides of Sicyon (c. 335 - c. 275), a pupil of the great Lysippus. It was the best-known piece of Seleucid art, remarkable because it was sculpted to be viewed from all directions, unlike many statues from the period. Although the original has been lost, many copies exist, including the one in the photograph right, now at the Vatican. The goddess is seated on a rock (Mount Sipylus), has her right foot on a swimming figure (the river Orontes), wears a mural crown (the cityís walls), and has grain in her right hand (the city's fertility).2 commentsJoe Sermarini04/29/14 at 17:50v-drome: Very interesting!
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TRAJAN'S COLUMN.209 viewsAR denarius. 112-115 AD. 3,62 grs. Laureate and draped bust right. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P / Trajan's column. Statue of Trajan on column on square base; two eagles at base of column. / S P Q P OPTIMO PRINCIPI.
RIC 292. RSC 588.
1 commentsbenito02/07/13 at 09:57*Alex: Nice presentation.
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Marcus Aurelius Equestrian statue162 viewsThis is the copy of the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitoline hill. The original is in the Capitoline Museum, this replica sits outside. It is said to have survived because it was mistakenly believed to be of Constantine the Great. Picture taken September 2008.2 commentsJay GT409/23/12 at 16:07oneill6217: :shoc...
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Marcus Aurelius Equestrian statue162 viewsThis is the copy of the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitoline hill. The original is in the Capitoline Museum, this replica sits outside. It is said to have survived because it was mistakenly believed to be of Constantine the Great. Picture taken September 2008.2 commentsJay GT409/23/12 at 15:25benito: :shoc...
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Hercules201 viewsCapitoline museums1 commentsJohny SYSEL09/13/12 at 18:13neander: An excellent ancient specimen!
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Aphrodite676 viewsMarble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath1 commentsBacchus06/14/11 at 01:47Ryan C: absolutely enchanting. I would love to have met th...
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Bust of Antoninus Pius from the British museum563 views3 commentsareich10/28/10 at 18:17neander: Elegant & intelligent man!
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Greek Youth - British Museum634 viewsGreek statue of a youth with a 'bowl' haircut2 commentsBacchus02/24/10 at 22:46Noah: I always wondered where Moe of the Stooges got his...
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Bust of Antoninus Pius from the British museum563 views3 commentsareich03/15/07 at 02:06willieboyd2: He resembles film actor Vincent Price.
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Bust of Antoninus Pius from the British museum563 views3 commentsareich12/09/06 at 11:16Pscipio: He must have been an impressive man.
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Greek Youth - British Museum634 viewsGreek statue of a youth with a 'bowl' haircut2 commentsBacchus03/31/06 at 20:23wolfgang336: I wouldn't be caught dead with that hair, let alon...
 
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