When in Rome, most visitors focus on major tourist itinerary monuments clustered in and around the Capitolium, Forum and Palatine. Yet many Roman neighborhoods are home to very important monuments of the ancient past and it can be well worth the effort to get off the beaten path to visit these. This writer’s favorite such… Read More The Aventine Hill: One of Rome’s Lesser Known Treasures
Years ago, when I first made the transition from merely collecting Mediterranean and related antiquities, to becoming a dealer in antiquities with a world wide clientele, I would never have imagined that I would so often be solicited by so many strange and misguided people. By e-mail, phone and post, I regularly receive messages from… Read More How Clio Ancient Art Deals with Illicit Traffickers and Uninformed Travelers
In my travels around what was once the Classical world I have been fortunate to view hundreds of ancient mosaics – in situ floor mosaics, wall and ceiling mosaics and mosaic panels mounted in museums. I’ve pulled together a few images here illustrating some of these, with captions. Enjoy!
http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2013/jul/17/jibaozhai-museum-closed-fakes-china I love this story — if it were not so sad it would be hilarious!
Sadly, typical http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/488535/20130710/lavezzi-pompeii-statue-bust-naples-psg.htm Sadly, this incident, while widely reported because it involves a prominent European football star, illustrates many flaws in Italian cultural patrimony laws. These laws are often enforced unevenly, with the powerful and influential escaping prosecution. They tend to focus on punishment alone as a solution to the problem of looting or unauthorized… Read More Sadly, typical
The British Museum’s holdings of Roman antiquities, broadly covering about 800 years, from the early Republic through the collapse of the western Empire, are so vast that only a very small percentage of the material on display can be presented here. We hope this brief photo essay, focusing on antiquities and displays that are the… Read More Roman Antiquities in the British Museum: A Photo Essay
The archaeological site of Kourion, on the south coast of the modern Republic of Cyprus, has a long history by any standard. Herodotus, writing in the 5th Century BC, records that the site was founded by Achaean colonists from Argos in Greece, a claim that is supported by modern archaeological excavations revealing Mycenaean expansion in… Read More A Visit to Ancient Kourion, Cyprus