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Mark Cartwright
published on 22 October 2013

The Roman sarcophagus known as the Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, discovered near the Porta Tiburtina in Rome. The front scene depicts three layers of narrative: at the top are victorious Roman soldiers, in the middle are Romans fighting 'barbarians' and at the bottom level are defeated and dying 'barbarians'. Proconnesian marble, 2nd to 3rd century CE. (Palazzo Altemps, Rome)

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Mark Cartwright
Mark is a full-time author, researcher, historian, and editor. Special interests include art, architecture, and discovering the ideas that all civilizations share. He holds an MA in Political Philosophy and is the WHE Publishing Director.

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Cartwright, M. (2013, October 22). Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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