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BATH HOUSES ≤ CARACALLA Caracalla was a ruthless man who murdered his own brother, Geta, in order to take power. He also killed thousands of Geta’s supporters. Statues of Caracalla show him scowling threateningly and giving a suspicious sidelong glance. He was eventually assassinated. Bull ART GALLERY > Caracalla’s bath house doubled as an art gallery, where visitors could admire large copies of famous Greek sculptures. This copy of The Farnese Bull, a work in bronze from the 1st century bc by Apollonius, tells the story of Dirce, a cruel woman who was tied to an angry bull by Ampheon and Zethus to avenge their mother, Antiope.
Although the scene is fantasy, Roman children did love birds, and kept them as pets. Among the most popular were starlings, ravens, magpies, and crows. Dogs were the commonest pets, while cats were introduced to Rome from Egypt in the 1st century ad. Some families also kept pet monkeys, which they would teach to do tricks. playing with nuts One way of saying that someone was no longer a child was that they had “stopped playing with nuts”. Nuts were thrown like marbles, as in this relief from Ostia.
This beautiful painting, made with loose, free strokes, shows a busy harbour in the Bay of Naples. The scene includes columns topped with statues, boats, fishermen, and people waiting at the dock. The view would have been familiar to the people living in the house. ≤ flora and fauna The Pompeiians loved their gardens so much that they even had garden scenes, such as this one, painted on their walls to show a variety of birds and flowers. In the depths of winter, when their own gardens were mostly bare, these frescoes were a reminder that spring would come again.
Ancient Rome (DK Google E.guides) by Peter Chrisp