Dec 2, 2014

Museo Ostiense

Roman statues to the Ostiense Museum in Ostia Antica, the ancient harbour of Imperial Rome. The Museum is housed on the ground floor of a building dating back to the 15th century, known as "Casone del Sale" (Big House of Salt), as it is linked to the exploitation of the nearby salt marshes by the papal government. The building features a neoclassical façade. During the sixties of the 19th century this structure was adapted by Pius IX to become a museum. Today it serves as a museum and an office space from where the excavation work are directed

The central hall of the museum is dedicated to the Roman portraiture. On the entrance wall a votive statue in heroic nudity is exhibited: it is a portrait statue of C. Cartilius Poplicola, one of the leading figures in Ostia during the first century BC. This statue was originally placed in the pronaos of the Temple of Hercules. On the left side of this hall there are portraits of Agrippa, Augustus and Marciana, as well as the statue of Trajan, found in the Schola del Traiano, and his posthumous portrait, considered one of the masterpieces of Roman portraiture, found in one of the tabernae of the theater. The Empress Sabina is represented in two statues, one of which was found in the so-called Collegio degli Augustali. On the other side, a towering statue of Julia Procula, found in a tomb at Isola Sacra, dominates the right wall of the room

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