Obelisk of Titus Sextius Africanus
This rose granite obelisk was found in Rome. Roman period, circa 50 CE. (State Museum of Egyptian Art, Munich, Germany).
Bronze Oil Lamp in the Shape of an African Slave
This Roman oil lamp of unclear provenance was made in the 1st Century CE. It portrays an Aethiopian slave, with barbarians like Africans and Celts being popular motifs in Roman art. The lamp has also been suggested to have erotic connotations...
Statue of a Boy with Thorn
The figure type of the Spinario (boy with a thorn) originated in Hellenistic art of the late 3rd century BCE. The popular genre motif of the shepherd or peasant boy is conveyed in several versions and different materials. This statue was...
Mosaic Glass Bead from Roman Egypt
This 1st Century CE Millefiori-formed glass bead from Alexandria, Egypt is a part of the collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. On its surface is a complex and beautiful pattern of multi-coloured stars, stripes and flecks.
Roman Millefiori Glass Bead Necklace
This Roman Imperial-era glass bead necklace of unknown provenance was produced between the 1st and 5th Centuries CE. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Roman Terracotta Oil Lamp with a Rhinoceros Image
This terracotta oil lamp was produced on Cyprus during the first half of the 1st Century CE. The discus has an engraved image of a rhinoceros tossing a large cat with its horn. (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York).
Interview: Barry Strauss on Ten Caesars
Dr. Barry Strauss' Ten Caesars: Roman Emperors from Augustus to Constantine tells the epic story of the Roman Empire from its rise to its eastern reinvention, from Augustus, who founded the empire, to Constantine, who made it Christian and...
Disarming Aphrodite: Rediscovering the Venus de Milo
The so-called Vénus de Milo is perhaps one of the most iconic works of Western art of any period. The statue of the goddess was found on the Aegean island of Milos, to which she owes her name, on the eve of the Greek War of Independence...
The pottery of the Nazca civilization, which flourished in ancient Peru between 200 BCE and 600 CE, is amongst the most distinctive art produced by any civilization from antiquity. Endlessly inventive both in form and in its use of strong...
A map illustrating Byzantine Constantinople and the Golden Horn.