6 months ago
Friday, August 22, 2008
When we read and here of places far away in time and distance it is easy to forget that the people who were there are every much as human as we are. A beautiful reminder.
From the accompanying comments.
Very little portrait art survives from the ancient world. This video displays a few examples of these portraits, as recovered by archaeologists from sites such as Al Fayyum in Egypt, and Pompeii and Ravenna in Italy.
The vast majority of the portraits displayed here come from the famous 'Al Fayyum' mummies which were discovered in Egypt about a century ago. Most of these portraits date from the height of Roman power in the first century to the Empire's decline in the fifth century AD.
Other examples come from wall paintings from villas in Pompeii, or from late Roman sites at Ravenna in northern Italy
HT: Mike Aquilina at The Fathers of the Church