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Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

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A sarcophagus commissioned for a high ranking military official, decorated with a scene of war.

Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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A statue of a man holding a dying woman while plunging a blade into his chest. Can be found at the Museo Nazionale de Roma.

Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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A statue of a man holding a dying woman while plunging a blade into his chest. Can be found at the Museo Nazionale de Roma.

Ara Pacis, South Frieze

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Barbarian Captives on the Portonaccio Sarcophagus

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Barbarian captives with their hands tied on the corners of the Portonaccio Sarcophagus

Close Up of Barbarian on Portonaccio Sarcophagus

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This is a zoomed in image of a section of the Portonaccio Sarcophagus. The Portonaccio sarcophagus dates to 2nd century Rome and it depicts a battle between the Romans and their enemies--the barbaric Gauls. The character in this image is dressed only in trousers and is very muscular. He is fighting back against the Romans, but is unable to take…

The Sarcophagus of St. Helena

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This sarcophagus was buried in the Imperial mausoleum at Tor Pignattara and is now on display at the Pio Clementino museum in the Vatican Museums. It is believed that it at least once held the remains of St. Helena, mother of Constantine the Great.
This sarcophagus is made of red porphyry, a stone known for its hardness and closely associated…

The Portonaccio Sarcophagus

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The Portonaccio sarcophagus dates to 2nd century Rome and it depicts a battle between the Romans and their enemies--the barbaric Gauls. The sarcophagus was for a military general, but the face of the general remains unfinished. This leads us to believe that the sarcophagus was not made for a particular person and that the face would be carved in…

Dying Gaul and His Wife

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Much like the Dying Gaul, this sculpture is also a Roman copy of an earlier Hellenistic original [again, this is debated]. Both are part of the Ludovisi collection and are now housed at the Capitoline Museum and the National Museum of Rome. This sculpture depicts a barbarian male killing himself with a dying woman at his side. He appears to be…