The Virtual Gallery

Each of these virtual exhibitions is a study in the art of the Greco - Roman world with a few excursions into other time periods and cultures.

Because of copyright limitations, these images are taken largely from coins in the author's collection and those of his colleagues. Some individuals have kindly provided us with images of a few outstanding examples executed in other media.

A Portrait of the Horse in Antiquity

A Portrait of the Horse in Antiquity - Expanded!

These images were chosen for the powerful way they portray this magnificent creature. A friend and a loyal servant of mankind in times of war and peace, the horse was a favorite subject of the arts. This is especially true of art seen on ancient coins and medallions. The Romans' fondness for the horse is clearly evident in the fine horse and mounted rider portraits seen on their coins. The Romans had as great a love affair with the horse and the sport of chariot racing as modern Americans have of automobiles and football.

Personal Adornment and Jewellery of the Romans

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