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Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

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Ancient Roman sarcophagus from a tomb near the Porta Tiburtina. Discovered in 1621 and named after its first modern owner, Ludovico Ludovisi, the sarcophagus is now displayed at the Palazzo Altemps in Rome, part of the National Museum of Rome. The general depicted has an X on his forehead, a symbol of a follower of the cult of Mithras.

Grande Ludovisi Sarcophagus

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The Grande Ludovisi Sarcophagus dates to the mid-3rd century C.E. to a tomb near the Porta Tiburtina. The sarcophagus is made of Proconnesian marble and features a battle scene between Roman soldiers and northern barbarians. The barbarians can be identified by their tunics, beards, and matted hair which contrast with the depictions of the…

The Dying Gaul

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The Dying Gaul was first found in the collections of the Ludovisi in 1623 and is currently located in the Capitoline Museum in Rome. The marble statue depicts a man sitting on the ground with a wound in his chest that oozes blood. The man's shaggy hair, torque, and otherwise absence of clothes are characteristic features of barbarian depictions in…

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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Located in Rome's Palazzo Altemps, The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife is a marble statue that first made an appearance in the inventories of the Ludovisi collection in 1623. The statue group depicts a man, identified by art historians as a Gaul, wearing nothing but a cloak, plunging a sword into his chest. Beside him, a woman in a tunic and…

Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

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A sarcophagus is a box-like coffin most typically used for important figures such as military leaders and rulers. The Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus depicts a battle between Romans and barbarians. The half-naked barbarians are depicted with shaggy hair, beards, and trousers while the Romans are clean-shaven and wearing togas. This specific Sarcophagus…

Barbarians on the Grande Ludovisi Sarcophagus

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The Grande Ludovisi Sarcophagus depicts a battle scene between Roman and barbarians. The barbarians have wild hair, beards, trousers, and Phrygian caps while the Romans wear battle armor and are clean-shaven. The man on horseback in the middle was probably the one buried in the sarcophagus and his confident, open stance suggests victory. This…

Close-up of Barbarians in the Ludovisi Sarcophagus

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This ancient Roman sarcophagus is currently located in the Palazzo Altemps in Rome but was originally discovered close by a tomb in Porta Tiburtina from 250-60 AD.

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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This group of statue includes a nude man, despite a cloak on his back, looking to his right side. He was committing suicide by stabbing a sword into his chest. On the left side of the man kneeled a dying woman, who was considered as the man's wife. She was held by her husband by her arm, almost falling to the ground. The statue is currently sitting…

The Dying Gaul

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This piece of statue depicts a nude man seating on the ground with his head down. The man looks exhausted. His right hand on the ground and his left hand on his leg seem to be the only source of strength that supports him not to fall onto the ground. An obvious wound on his right chest is bleeding. A sword is dropped by his side. This statue is…

Ludovisi Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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This marble statue of a Gaul killing himself and his wife is part of the Ludovisi collection and can be found in the Palazzo Altemps museum in Rome. The Roman marble statue depicted here is most likely a copy of [JWO: or a work inspired by] a Hellenistic bronze statue from the 2nd century BC. The statue commemorates Roman superiority and victory…