Roman poetry

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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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      floating-world-pictures:

      thegetty:

      This patron goes full-on Minerva and protects her son with a shield while her husband is away. Also, an owl. 

      Allegorical Portrait of the Van Risamburgh Family, 1790, Joseph Chinard

      Oh, I always loved this sculpture!  If I remember correctly, the son is leaning on his father’s sword?  But I haven’t visited it in ages and it’s hard to tell in these pics.

      Indeed! He’s propped up on a pile of armor and is indeed holding a dagger or sword too big for him in his right hand. Maybe easier to see here? 

      03/06/15

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