The Palatine Museum (June, 2013)

August 9, 2013

They’ve considerably improved the lighting in much of the Palatine Museum since the last time I was there.

Apollo fresco, Palatine Museum (060113)


Asklepios, Palatine Museum INV 1115, ca150 CE (060113)


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Ara Pacis Museum

August 7, 2013

Here’s the first of what will be many posts from my trip to Italy this summer.

First stop was the Ara Pacis Museum:

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Entrance to Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Vestals at a banquet (?)

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

The so-called Tellus panel of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Procession relief from the Ara Pacis

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Relief of a temple from the Ara Pacis Museum

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

View of the Ara Pacis

Ara Pacis Museum (053113)

Another view of the Ara Pacis

Museo Nazionale Romano Palazzo Altemps

August 7, 2013

The Palazzo Altemps museum is wonderful collection in a beautiful building:

MNR Palazzo Altemps courtyard, Rome (053113)

Central courtyard of the museum

Ludovisi Throne, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8570 (Hollander, 2013)

The ‘Ludovisi Throne’

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8574 (Hollander, 2013)

Grand Ludovisi Sarcophagus

Gallienus, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 8633 (Hollander, 2013)


Crouching Aphrodite, MNR Palazzo Altemps INV 380998 (Hollander, 2013)

Crouching Aphrodite

Slab with Isis cult scene, 100 CE, MNRPA INV 77255 (053113)

Isis cult scene

Roman cat sanctuary in peril

October 31, 2012

The cat sanctuary at Torre Argentina in Rome, site of four Republican temples, “faces eviction.”


Items of Recent Interest (3)

October 18, 2012

In the news:

Minneapolis Institute of Arts (again)

July 11, 2012

Spent some more time at the MIA…

Minneapolis Institute of Arts

View from the MIA

Medusa by Harriet Goodhue Hosmer (1854)

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Contested Triumphs

June 16, 2009

MPP book I just finished reading my friend Miriam Pelikan Pittenger’s Contested Triumphs: Politics, Pageantry, and Performance in Livy’s Republican Rome. Concentrating on the late third and early second centuries BCE, she looks at senate debates concerning whether returning commanders deserved triumphs. Part one considers the general standards governing triumphs. Did you have imperium? Had you killed a sufficient number of enemy soldiers? Things like that… Though there were some ‘guidelines,’ “the Romans of the Republic never settled upon a foolproof set of positive criteria for the awarding of triumphs” [26]. Given the rivalries within the Roman upper-class, this ambiguity occasionally led to bitter political struggles. Part two looks at some of these struggles. Particularly interesting are chapters 13 and 14 which discuss, respectively, the case of M. Popilius Laenas, who went a little too far after the Statellates surrendered to him unconditionally, and that of L. Aemilius Paullus whose triumph seemed like a sure thing until he angered his own soldiers (over their share of the spoils, of course). This is a fascinating and well-written book which shows that the early second century can be just as interesting as the Second Punic War or the fall of the Republic.