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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.

Caracalla's scowl

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Caracalla's scowl

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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

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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

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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

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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

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

Stele of the Vultures

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Stele of the Vultures

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This ancient stele, dated to between ca. 2600 and 2350 BC, is a key piece of evidence in the history of warfare.

A votive relief from Rhodes

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A votive relief from Rhodes

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A discussion centred on a votive relief in the Archaeological Museum of Rhodes that looks older than it really is.

A Cypriot chariot in Amsterdam

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A Cypriot chariot in Amsterdam

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The Allard Pierson Museum in Amsterdam features a reconstruction of a chariot found in a tomb on the island of Cyprus.