Richard Miles: A Graphic History


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Episode 5 “The Republic of Virtue”
Republican tombs in Via Statilia, Rome, dated around 100BC.

The oldest tomb is the first on the left (picture n. 2). The burial chamber inside is very small and partly cut in the rock. The inscription reminds that the people buried there -Romans were buried as families- were Publius Quinctius, liberti (freedman; freed slave) of Titus and bookseller, wife and concubine Quinctia Quinctia Agatea. The following grave is the “Sepolcro Gemino” -twin tomb-, made up of two identical funerary chambers, with separate entrances and cells, but with the prospectus and the partition wall in common. The facade is decorated with two groups of busts of the dead, freedmen families Clodia, Marcia and Annia.

The complex is interesting because it shows the transition from the chamber tomb (first, old grave) to the bigger, isolated monument (Sepolcro Gemino). It is also remarkable that all the dead were liberti of important Roman families.

Rome, Italy

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Episode 2 “The Age of Iron”

Statuettes found in the ancient port-city of Ugarit, one of the great cities of the Bronze Age world, capital of the Ugarit kingdom. These artefacts are a clear example of the brilliance and sofistication of the city.

The most prosperous and the best documented age in Ugarit’s history, dated from about 1450 to about 1200 BC, produced great royal palaces, temples and shrines, factories, shops, markets and libraries. With a population of tens of thousands, the cosmopolitan city had close connections to the Hittite Empire, Egypt and was stronly influenced by the Mycenaeans.

Mycenaean and Cypriot (from Cyprus, ancient name Alashiya) pottery has also been found in great amounts.

Ugarit, Latakia, Syria

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