Funerary stela, Roman, middle of the first century AD
In past weeks we’ve looked at the historic city of Córdoba, Spain–its famous mosque/cathedral, its castle, and other sites. To wrap up this miniseries, let’s look at the city’s excellent archaeological museum. Like many local museums in Spain, it covers a broad range of history from the Paleolithic to the Renaissance. It is especially strong in Roman artifacts, and is in fact built on some Roman ruins that can be seen in the basement.
I love these local museums because you get to see just how long people have been living at some of these places. The museum in Córdoba is especially well presented and has some interesting pieces from the city and the surrounding countryside. I’ll let the images speak for themselves.
Sculpture of the god Mithras in his emblematic pose
sacrificing a bull. You can read more about this
ancient mystery religion in our coverage of a
temple to Mithras in London. Roman, second century AD.
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The Stela of Ategua, Late Bronze Age, 1300-1000 BC. It appears
to show a warrior laid out for burial with various grave goods,
including a sword, spear, shield, comb, mirror, and disassembled
chariot. Graves laid out in this fashion have been found in
various locations in the Iberian peninsula.
Funerary marker of the gladiator Probus of the Murmillo class.
Roman, late first or early second century AD.
Mosaic of Pegasus, Roman, second century AD
Roman bronze head of an ephebe, late first or early second century AD
Roman’s ship’s ram, first century AD. An even nastier ram
was on display in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum.
Carved fragment showing men gathering grapes. Late Roman?
Fragment of sarcophagus depicting magistrates,
paleo-Christian, fourth century AD.
Lintel of a window, Visigothic, sixth century AD