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The Seven Plagues of the Ancient Roman City Dweller

Evening traffic along Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, near the Getty Villa
It's nothing new: Gridlock and bad air, A.D. 2009. Photo: Eric Demarq, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Think city living is a struggle today? The ancient Romans had it just as tough, giving their poets plenty to complain about Roman poetry is filled with entertaining rants against urban evils, which I revisited with glee while preparing for… More»

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      Peacocks were imported into Rome and bred there as exotic pets, sacred animals, and extravagant delicacies (especially the tongues!). 

      They represented immortality, and were often a status symbol. Painted on the wall, this peacock keeps watch over a garden.

      02/28/15

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