Rome101.com is some miscellaneous
interests of William Storage involving ancient Rome.
Augustus/Caligula - The fabulous Getty Villa in
Malibu allowed me to laser-scan the Getty Augustus and
their marble head of Caligula to do craniofacial
anthropometry analysis that disproved a long-held
hypothesis of its origin.
Christ the Magician
- A survey of 400 scenes from ancient Christian
sarcophagi looking at how 3rd century Roman Christians
pictured the deeds of Jesus, and the frequency of images
in apparent reference to apocryphal/heretical ancient
Arch of Constantine
- My attempt at a fairly comprehensive look - with lots
of photos - at this ancient monument, including its
political, religious, artistic and architectural
aspects, with emphasis on the reuse of spolia from
earlier imperial artwork.
Church Door Panels
- Observations and analysis of the 18 extant
carvings from the massive 5th century door of S. Sabina,
which may include the oldest known Christian crucifixion
Nose Job - Using statistics, measurements from
existing portraits of Faustina the Elder and mean human
facial proportions to aid in the restoration of damaged
Cancelleria Reliefs - Photos
and discussion of the origin and propaganda of the giant
set of marble panels found buried under the Palazzo
della Cancelleria in the late 1930s.
- Photos and discussion of
the church/mausoleum of Santa Costanza in Rome with its
two mosaics of Jesus, one blond and Hellenistic, one
dark and oriental.
Miscellaneous photo sets
|San Lorenzo fuori le mura|
|Arch of the Argentarii|
|The Bianchini Meridiana|