I never realized I had an opinion on this or that the opinion would be controversial. But the identity of the figures in this scene from the Basilica Aemilia (other than Tarpeia obv.) are disputed. I lean pretty strongly to seeing the far left figure as Mars in a “this is what happens when you… Continue reading Mars and Tarpeia?
This cinerary urn from the Copenhagen Glyptotek got me thinking: The catalogue interpretation is that is a variation of the fatal duel with spirit as judge, usually taken to be Eteocles and Polynices. That type is common enough (see image below), but this dual sarcophagus seems to show a different narrative (as catalogue notes) notice… Continue reading Tarpeia, comparative Etruscan iconography
The representation of the woman (behind?) The pyre reminded me of representations of the Tarpeia.
I’m doing the image research for this paper I’m giving at a conference at UVa next week. I can’t avoid talking about the whole Veiovis/Apollo/Composite Deities issues (See Wiseman and now Luke) – This is such a time suck rabbit hole, I’m just trusting one day my thoughts might add up to something. Gellius writes… Continue reading Youthful Oak Wreathed Deity with a Thunderbolt
Tatius, legendary king of the Sabines and co-regent at Rome for 5 years with Romulus, is used by two moneyers in the Republic as an obverse type. Tatius appear in some of the earliest Latin literature in a famously alliterative line of Ennius: O Tite, tute, Tati, tibi tanta, tyranne, tulisti What a mouthful! The… Continue reading 236 out of 410 days: Alliteration and Translation