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Roman music – ancient Rome

By |2017-08-31T17:13:53+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Street musicians (Pompeii, before 79 AD) Roman music came from earlier Etruscan, Carthaginian, and Greek music. As with earlier music, nobody knows what Roman music sounded like because there was no way to record it. Rich people owned musicians as slaves, and these musicians played at dinner parties or for entertainment in the evenings. Theater performances had musical accompaniment, and [...]

Running spirals and meanders – Ancient art history

By |2018-11-20T09:44:50+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art|

The beginning of meanders? An Egyptian pot with spirals (Naqada II, ca. 4000 BC) What is a meander? A meander is a kind of pattern that artists used to decorate the borders or edges of pictures. They're called meanders because "meander" means to wander. So these are lines that wander around before they [...]

Roman Imperial art – the Empire

By |2018-04-25T08:58:15+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Roman soldiers carry a large Jewish menorah in a victory parade on the Arch of Titus. Roman art of the first and second centuries AD pretty much continued the traditions of portraiture and Greek imitations. Roman artists added more use of art as propaganda to show what the emperors wanted people to know or to think. Some examples [...]

Roman wall painting – Ancient Rome

By |2018-04-25T08:58:15+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

First Style Roman wall painting (now in the Louvre) There was also a lot of wall painting to decorate the walls of houses during this time. The wall painting of the first century AD is sometimes divided into four different styles, mainly because of the many different styles of wall painting that were found at [...]

Roman art – Republic – ancient Rome

By |2018-04-15T16:34:28+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Capitoline wolf: Bronze wolf from early Rome. When the Romans first got rich enough to make good art, about 500 BC, they learned how from the people they traded with: the Etruscans, and the Greeks. But the Etruscans and the Greeks liked to make their statues beautiful. Roman art was more interested in keeping it real. The Romans [...]

Etruscan art – Italy before the Romans

By |2018-04-25T08:59:08+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Northern Europe|

Apollo of Veii (ca. 520 BC) Etruscan art is in some ways a lot like Greek art of the same time, because the Etruscans admired the Greeks very much and imitated a lot of their art (and bought a lot of art from the Greeks as well). But there are also some interesting differences. [...]

Etruscan pottery – Etruscan art – Italy

By |2018-04-25T09:00:18+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Etruscan black figure pottery from about 510 BC (Louvre) When the Etruscans were ruling most of Italy, in the 500s and 400s BC, they were making two kinds of fancy, expensive pottery. Etruscan red figure from about 410 BC One kind of pottery was basically in the same style as Greek pottery of the same time [...]

Column of Marcus Aurelius – Roman art

By |2018-04-24T23:47:56+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Column of Marcus Aurelius in Rome Marcus Aurelius' column was actually not built by Marcus Aurelius himself but by his son Commodus, about 180-190 AD. Commodus wanted to remind people in Rome about his father's victories in a war against the Marcomanni north of Rome (in modern Switzerland). It's a lot like Trajan's Column, but art styles had [...]

Roman pottery – Ancient Rome

By |2018-10-12T09:00:10+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Campanian pottery from southern Italy Roman pottery used molds Roman pottery began with Etruscan-style pottery, but soon developed a tradition of its own. What was Etruscan pottery like? More Ancient Rome articles In general, potters in Italy tended to make their pots all one color. They didn't paint pictures on them the way potters did in Greece. Instead [...]

Arch of Septimius Severus – Roman art

By |2018-04-25T08:58:48+00:00August 31st, 2017|Art, Romans|

Arch of Septimius Severus. You can see the Roman Senate in the background. Septimius Severus was a Roman emperor about 200 AD who decided to put up a stone triumphal arch in the Roman forum in order to remind people about his military victories over the Parthians east of Rome. In this picture, you can see the Roman Senate House in [...]