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Caracalla's scowl

Caracalla's scowl

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?

Written by Josho Brouwers

The Farnese Bull

The Farnese Bull

A closer look at one of the statue groups from the Collezione Farnese, originally perhaps by Apollonius of Tralles.

Written by Josho Brouwers

The Villa Poppaea

The Villa Poppaea

View of a row of columns in the Villa Poppaea near Naples. It is a Roman villa located near the sea and was buried in AD 79 when Vesuvius erupted. It may have belonged to the Emperor Nero and is named after his second wife. It is also known as the Villa Oplontis.

Photographed by Josho Brouwers

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