Monday, 21 November 2016

Castel Sant' Elia: Roman relief with theatre and circus

1st or 2nd century stone low relief panel divided into two scenes on two levels. The lower level shows two quadrigae of horses racing in the circus in the foreplane, and a third quadriga which has just round the spina in the rearplane. The upper level shows a procession with musicians, on a stage in a theatre. Some letters of a faded inscription can be seen on the reverse. Believed to be 1st century AD based on 2nd century representations of the circus which it seems to pre-date; since the relief is believed to shown the Claudian monument in the circus, it must post-date this work.







Stolen from Castel Sant' Elia

Source: Carabinieri Database Codice Bene: 04772[1] Nr. Bollettino 21

Published: Lisa Vogel, Circus Race Scenes in the Early Roman Empire, The Art Bulletin, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Jun., 1969), pp. 155-160,  figs. 8 & 9; link www.jstor.org/stable/3048607

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