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Female head in polychrome terracotta
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Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
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Diadem
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Gladiator
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Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
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Doll and toy tower
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Nutcracker
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Spacecraft earring in gold
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Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
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Funeral bed (kline)
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Head of Heracles
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Funerary wreath with oak leaves
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Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
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Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
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Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
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Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
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Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
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Green lizard
Female head in polychrome terracotta
Three polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
Diadem
Gladiator
Portrait of Augustus capite veiled
Doll and toy tower
Nutcracker
Spacecraft earring in gold
Kylix Iaconica with tuna and dolphins
Funeral bed (kline)
Head of Heracles
Funerary wreath with oak leaves
Mosaic floor in polychrome tiles with central velarium
Shell-shaped case with Nereid on a sea monster
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Venus of Parabita (Lecce)
Metope decorated with naiskos with battle scene between Greeks and barbarians
Bronze statue of Zeus on a Doric stone capital
Lekythos overpainted with a woman looking out the window
Green lizard

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Description

Among the items of equipment referable to the first century. BC, two polychrome terracotta statuettes representing gladiators are distinguished by quality and peculiarity, found respectively in via F. Crispi in 1930 and in via Regina Elena in 1914.

The subject is a particular expression of Roman culture, which flanked and then superimposed on the Greek one in the aforementioned period. In fact, in the Augustan age the amphitheater was built, not surprisingly built in the heart of the city.

The statuettes represent naked men, dressed only in a small kilt, and covered with high greaves and a helmet. In the hands they had to hold the weapons, not preserved, which makes identification more difficult. From the surviving elements it is probable to believe that the gladiators are represented according to the criteria of the Augustan reform and can be identified as a Mirmillone and a Thrace.


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