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Roman Wonders

Prints of Rome's views, buildings and ruinsCreated by: NYPL's Public Domain ArchiveDated: 1650
Arc de Constantin à Rome
Renaissance representation of classical ruins was a symbol of antiquity, enlightenment, and lost knowledge. Ruins spoke to the passage of time. The greatest subject for ruin artists was the overgrown and crumbling Classical Rome remains. Forum and the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the Appian Way.

Initially, art representations of Rome were realistic, but soon the imagination of artists took flight. Roman ruins were scattered around the city, but frustrated artists began placing them in more pleasing arrangements. Capriccio was a style of imaginary scenes of buildings and ruins.
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Ruined gates and temples

Ruined gates and temples

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The attack on Carthage

The attack on Carthage

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Ancient Roman funeral pyre and funeral procession
Mercury - Wonders of the Ancient World

Mercury - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Adulterium in Dijs Punitum

Adulterium in Dijs Punitum

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The Roman saturnalia - Wonders of the Ancient World

The Roman saturnalia - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Hannibal crossing the Alps
The Temple of the Sun at Rome (restoration by Gerhard, École des Beaux-Arts)

The Temple of the Sun at Rome (restoration by Gerhard, École des Beaux...

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The Huns approaching Rome

The Huns approaching Rome

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Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus

Destruction of Jerusalem by Titus

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Circus and chariot - Wonders of the Ancient World

Circus and chariot - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Temple of Janus Quadrifrons

Temple of Janus Quadrifrons

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Jules César - Wonders of the Ancient World

Jules César - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Temple of Pallas Athene
Pont de Trajan sur le Danube (Colonne Trajane)

Pont de Trajan sur le Danube (Colonne Trajane)

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Morituri salutamus--Gladiators saluting the emperor before joining combat

Morituri salutamus--Gladiators saluting the emperor before joining com...

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Anstürmende Hunnen - Wonders of the Ancient World

Anstürmende Hunnen - Wonders of the Ancient World

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House of the Vetii, Pompei

House of the Vetii, Pompei

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Tragic masks, from Pompeii
Orpheus and Eurydice - Wonders of the Ancient World

Orpheus and Eurydice - Wonders of the Ancient World

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The Praetorians hailing Claudius as emperor

The Praetorians hailing Claudius as emperor

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Via Appia, near Rome

Via Appia, near Rome

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Avanzi del Teatro di Marcello, oggi Piazza Montanara

Avanzi del Teatro di Marcello, oggi Piazza Montanara

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Armi offensive - Wonders of the Ancient World

Armi offensive - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Roman feast. - Wonders of the Ancient World
Mourners, ancient Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

Mourners, ancient Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Defeated gladiator appeals to the crowd for mercy
A Pompeian house - Wonders of the Ancient World

A Pompeian house - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Hercules hunting the birds of Lake Stymphalis

Hercules hunting the birds of Lake Stymphalis

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Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista

Turris ambulatoria ; Testudo arietaria ; Testudo ; Onager ; Ballista

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Ancient Greek and Italian pottery vessels.

Ancient Greek and Italian pottery vessels.

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Biclinio, Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

Biclinio, Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

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View of the amphitheatre at Pompeii

View of the amphitheatre at Pompeii

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Classical sculpture depicting Neptune, Ceres and Apollo

Classical sculpture depicting Neptune, Ceres and Apollo

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Hymen and Cupid - Wonders of the Ancient World

Hymen and Cupid - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Roma--Pantheo d'Agrippa - Wonders of the Ancient World

Roma--Pantheo d'Agrippa - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Architecture in ancient Rome
Roman legionnaires building a camp and excavating a road (left) ; horses transporting a ballista (bottom right) ; and the emperor Trajan receiving the surrender of Dacian chieftains (top right)

Roman legionnaires building a camp and excavating a road (left) ; hors...

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Roman bakery - Wonders of the Ancient World
Neptune - Wonders of the Ancient World
Julius Caesar - Wonders of the Ancient World
Verbrecher, den wilden Thieren überliefert

Verbrecher, den wilden Thieren überliefert

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Temple of Jupiter Stator (restoration by Canina and Dutert)

Temple of Jupiter Stator (restoration by Canina and Dutert)

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Tomb of Augustus ; Tomb of Septimius Severus

Tomb of Augustus ; Tomb of Septimius Severus

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Hannibal crossing the Rhone
The games of Trajan--a chariot race

The games of Trajan--a chariot race

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An ancient Roman funeral at the Columbaria of the Caesars, Capena Gate, Rome

An ancient Roman funeral at the Columbaria of the Caesars, Capena Gate...

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Ancient Roman theatre masks

Ancient Roman theatre masks

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Europa riding on the bull through the waves, led by Poseidon

Europa riding on the bull through the waves, led by Poseidon

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The Catilinarian conspirators before the Senate

The Catilinarian conspirators before the Senate

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Roman baths and bathing implements
Gelage, Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World
Interior of a Roman house

Interior of a Roman house

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Ancient Roman comic masks

Ancient Roman comic masks

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Ceres quaerens filiam se irridentem in stellionem mutat

Ceres quaerens filiam se irridentem in stellionem mutat

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Two images of Demeter with torch and wheat

Two images of Demeter with torch and wheat

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The infant Hercules strangling serpents

The infant Hercules strangling serpents

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Hercules, hero of Olympic games; Hercules in the gymnasium

Hercules, hero of Olympic games; Hercules in the gymnasium

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Julius Caesar - Wonders of the Ancient World

Julius Caesar - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Byzantium is created capital of the East-Roman Empire = Die Grundung des neuen herrscher Sitzes der oströmischen Kaiser Zubyzanz
Flooded arena and warships used in a "naumachia" (staged naval battle)

Flooded arena and warships used in a "naumachia" (staged naval battle)

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Festlicher Zug (Pompa) zu den Spielen im Circus

Festlicher Zug (Pompa) zu den Spielen im Circus

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Erlegung von erbeuteten Elephanten im Circus

Erlegung von erbeuteten Elephanten im Circus

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A peerless shrine of the great sea god: Poseidon's temple at Pæstum

A peerless shrine of the great sea god: Poseidon's temple at Pæstum

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Movable tower for attack used by Greeks and Romans

Movable tower for attack used by Greeks and Romans

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Roman armor and accessories

Roman armor and accessories

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Gladiatorenkämpfe, Netzfechter und Samnit
Dying Bacchante - Wonders of the Ancient World

Dying Bacchante - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Hera, Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

Hera, Rome - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Ruins of the Temple of Concord at Rome

Ruins of the Temple of Concord at Rome

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An emperor of the third century, A.D.
Storming of the Byrsa, Carthage

Storming of the Byrsa, Carthage

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Dining table and couches

Dining table and couches

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Roman triclinium, or dining room, with table and couches

Roman triclinium, or dining room, with table and couches

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A Roman banquet - Wonders of the Ancient World
Pompei: panorama preso dalle mura

Pompei: panorama preso dalle mura

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Hercules, wearing the skin of the Nemean lion, carries the Cretan bull

Hercules, wearing the skin of the Nemean lion, carries the Cretan bull

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Venus before Jupiter - Wonders of the Ancient World

Venus before Jupiter - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Terentia forcibly dragged from the Temple of Vesta

Terentia forcibly dragged from the Temple of Vesta

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Antifaces, cascos, utensilios y altares de los Romanos
Ausschiffung von wilden Thieren für die Circusspiele

Ausschiffung von wilden Thieren für die Circusspiele

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Temple of Cora as restored by Labrouste

Temple of Cora as restored by Labrouste

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Dintorni di Firenze, Fiesole, Avanzi del Teatro Romano.

Dintorni di Firenze, Fiesole, Avanzi del Teatro Romano.

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View from the south side of Pompeii, with the Greek temple on the Forum Triangulare

View from the south side of Pompeii, with the Greek temple on the Foru...

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Char de Venus - Wonders of the Ancient World

Char de Venus - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Invasion of Britain by Julius Caesar
Arc de Constantin à Rome

Arc de Constantin à Rome

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Saalburg.  Meldung des Kundschafters [Report from the scout]
Restitution du frigidarium, ou grand'salle des thermes du palais

Restitution du frigidarium, ou grand'salle des thermes du palais

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Regulus leaving Carthage - Wonders of the Ancient World

Regulus leaving Carthage - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Scène de funérailles - Wonders of the Ancient World

Scène de funérailles - Wonders of the Ancient World

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Roman officer from the Trajan column

Roman officer from the Trajan column

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House of the Tragic Poet -- Sallust

House of the Tragic Poet -- Sallust

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Tomba di N. Tyche, Pompei

Tomba di N. Tyche, Pompei

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Marble and terra-cotta Roman theatre masks
Mosaic found at Withington, Gloucestershire, England

Mosaic found at Withington, Gloucestershire, England

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Cadmo milites è serpentis dentibus nascuntur

Cadmo milites è serpentis dentibus nascuntur

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The birth of Venus

The birth of Venus

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Das Orakel der heiligen Hähne
Agrippina the younger - Wonders of the Ancient World

Agrippina the younger - Wonders of the Ancient World

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