The Aventine Hill: One of Rome’s Lesser Known Treasures

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

Roman Antiquities in the British Museum: A Photo Essay

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

A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

Glazed terracotta tile. Nimrud. 875-850 BCE Protective spirit. Northwest Palace at Nimrud. 865 BCE Human headed winged lion, formerly flanking a doorway in the Northwest Palace at Nimrud. Time of Ashurnasirpal I, 865 BCE The Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III, showing scenes of tribute bearers from many lands. 858-824 BCE Gates from Shalmaneser III’s palace… Read More A Sampler of Ancient Assyrian Art at the British Museum

A Visit to Ancient Kourion, Cyprus

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

A Bit More About Who We Are…

Who Are You, You Ask? Beyond the obvious — proprietor, Clio Ancient Art & Antiquities (www.clioancientart.com), international dealer in fine antiquities, with an academic background in archaeology. I’m also a sometimes world traveler (will try to put more archaeological travel pics up here from time to time) — — and basically life-long Northern Californian transplanted… Read More A Bit More About Who We Are…