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The Four Seasons Mosaic from Palazzo Imperiale at Ostia Antica

One does not usually think of recycling when ancient Rome comes to mind. Nevertheless, we have noticed in the research for our series of guidebooks to archeological sites in Rome how frequently new structures were built with re-used materials. This use of spolia is especially prominent in the fourth century AD when Emperor Constantine sponsored the construction of new Christian …

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The Mystery of the Faux Bois Lintels

Faux Bois Lintels of the Caseggiato delle Taberne Finestrate at Ostia Antica The first time that we visited Ostia Antica several years ago, we had no idea of what to expect. Visiting the ruins of ancient Rome to write a series of walking guides to archeological sites in the Eternal City was the primary reason for our trip, but on …