A (mostly) Italian (mostly) annotated photo collection
Many of the buildings, monuments and persons on the photographs have been described to place the photographs in a useful and understandable context.
The main focus of this collection is the Greek, Etruscan and Roman past of what is now Italy, but there is also the odd photograph from Copenhagen and elsewhere.
Emperor Hadrian had this enourmous imperial palace constructed at Tibur outside Rome, and used it as his residence of choice when he was in Rome. It consisted of more than 30 buildings, covering over 120 hectares. The villa is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are photographs of most of the villa. (Dec. 2002)
The Forum Romanum was the political and religious centre of the Roman Republic. Each temple, building and monument is described and if possible photographed. Everything has been updated and new photographs added. (Nov./Dec. 2002).
The Arch of Constantine was the last great triumphal arch to be built in Rome. It contains many pieces taken from earlier buildings, and is a kind of monumental catalogue of two centuries of classical art, from Trajan to Constantine I. (Nov. 2002).
A luxurius villa from the time of the late Roman empire, renowned for its magnificent polychrome mosaics, over 3000 m2. The villa is a UNESCO World Heritage site. There are more than 200 photographs from this location covering the majority of the rooms and the mosaics. The pages here are probably the most extensive resource on this villa on the web today. (May/June 2002).
The ancient Greek city of Poseidonia, later the Roman Paestum, in S. Italy boasts some of the best preserved Greek temples in the world: three marvellous archaic Doric temples from the 6th and 5th century BCE. (Sep./Dec. 2002).
A huge collection of Classical Roman Sculpture, including portraits of most of the Roman emperors. More than 240 photographs covering a part of the Roman collection, but most of the Julio-Claudian and Flavian dynasties and the Good Emperors. See also the list of Roman historical persons.
Other locations with many photographs
- Lazio/Rome: Vatican Museums, Ostia Antica, Palestrina, Tarquinia.
- Tuscany: Firenze, Pisa, Siena, San Gimignano, Volterra, Monteriggioni.
- Campania: Pompeii, Caserta.
- Sicily: Palermo, Syracuse, Monreale, Taormina, Motya, Enna.
Almost all the photos, and all the texts, are by René Seindal.
A.D. Riddle says:
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