ancient Rome

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Gladiator’s Arena

The gladiator’s arena at Augusta Raurica. A nice 15 minute walk from the temple and theatre, this piece is set among some nice trees and has been only partially recovered. What you see in front is the stage where the guests of honour would sit under a cloth awning. the two small doors under the … Continue reading

The ruins of Augusta Raurica – 1

Sitting on the top stair of the temple (only the platform remains of the once proud edifice), this is the vista that greets you, a huge amphitheatre, the stage right in the middle of the canvas here. I had to sacrifice the sky but you’ll get to see more of it in coming posts. I’ve … Continue reading

Stamp block – Museum at Augusta Raurica

Coin stamp block from a mint in Augusta Raurica

Roman silverware – Augusta Raurica


The Museum at Augusta Raurica

The museum at Augusta Raurica boasts the biggest hoard of silver ever unearthed at any Roman ruin. In the coming days I will post more pics of this truly amazing collection. A beautiful necklace starts off the collection and I can only rue the fact that I didn’t use a smaller aperture and gotten it … Continue reading


The inscription mentions two kids, Olus 12 yrs old and Fuscinus 16. A rare find, from Augusta Raurica

Reconstructed Roman Villa – Augusta Raurica (#11)

The kitchen. The griddle would be instantly recognizable to Indians. I could almost smell the roti cooking on the coal-fire. I would soon be smelling something similar soon enough!

Reconstructed Roman Villa – Augusta Raurica (#10)

A little alcove in a wall, where the pater familias would burn herbs and incense as an offering to his ancestors and to the family deities. This was so reminiscent of Indian households where a similar alcove (or a small wood/cement shelf) serves the very same function even today.

Reconstructed Roman Villa – Augusta Raurica (#9)

Roman Carriage. Almost through with the villa, the museum comes next. 🙂

Reconstructed Roman Villa – Augusta Raurica (#8)

A piece of the actual wall with fresco, so beautifully restored.