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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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      This buff part of the male anatomy (above the crop!) was often emphasized among the sculpted gods and heroes of classical art. Here’s what to call it:

      • Aphrodite’s saddle
      • Hercules’ girdles
      • Athlete’s girdle
      • Apollo’s belt
      • Adonis belt
      • Poseidon’s fanny-pack (well, allegedly)

      The Lansdowne Herakles (detail), about A.D. 125, Roman. The J. Paul Getty Museum

      10/23/14

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