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Articles in this category focus on particular objects, which are examined in close detail and may serve as the jumping off point for further discussion.

Augustus of Prima Porta

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Augustus of Prima Porta

Published on 8 January 2018

The Roman statue known as the “Augustus of Prima Porta” is a remarkably powerful piece of Early Imperial “propaganda”.

Caracalla's scowl

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Caracalla's scowl

Published on 15 December 2017

With the death of Commodus in AD 192, a new family, the Severans, came to rule the Roman Empire. One of them was Caracalla. Looking at his portraits, one has to ask: why the angry face?

An Indian figurine from Pompeii

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An Indian figurine from Pompeii

Published on 21 November 2017

In the 1930s, archaeologists made a remarkable discovery at Pompeii: an ivory figurine that was originally created in faraway India.

Royal Game of Ur

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Royal Game of Ur

Published on 13 November 2017

Two gameboards from the Royal Tombs of Ur, a Sumerian city-state in what is now Iraq, date back to 2600–2400 BC.

A fish plate from Paestum

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A fish plate from Paestum

Published on 16 October 2017

From the museum at Paestum in Southern Italy comes this red-figure “fish plate”. But what is it exactly?

A warrior on a red-figure cup

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A warrior on a red-figure cup

Published on 2 October 2017

The collection of the Allard Pierson Museum includes this beautiful red-figure cup with a picture of a warrior.