A break for the summer

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A break for the summer

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We’re taking a bit of breather for the next few weeks. But have no fear: we’ll be back to our regular schedule on the 12th of August.

A peculiar statue of Faustina

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A peculiar statue of Faustina

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A life-size statue in Naples is described as “Fortuna-Isis restored as the younger Faustina in the clothes of Ceres.” What does that mean?

The aspis

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The aspis

A global shield

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A round shield, with a double grip, swept the Mediterranean by storm. But why did this happen?

Crouching Aphrodite

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Crouching Aphrodite

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Sculptures featuring the goddess Aphrodite (Venus) crouching were popular in the Graeco-Roman world. Why would that be?