The remains of a 2-1st century BCE Roman house on the island of Delos. The building is known as the House of Hermes and was originally of five stories, three of which survive. The building includes a peristyle, stairs, and various rooms including a bathroom. Such tall buildings, as here, were typically built into hillsides.
A roman portrait bust of an unknown man, 2nd century BCE. From the palaestra of Delos. The bust is a typical example of the sometimes unflattering realism of Roman portraiture.
The façade of the Doric Temple of Isis, Delos. (2nd century BCE). In the left foreground is the altar to the goddess.
The theatre of Delos, c. 300 BCE. The theatre had a capacity for 5,000 spectators and the front row has marble seats with backs for dignitaries.
Trade was a fundamental aspect of the ancient Greek world and following territorial expansion, an increase in population movements, and innovations in transport, goods could be bought, sold, and exchanged in one part of the Mediterranean which had their origin in a completely different and far distant region. Food, raw materials, and manufactured goods... [continue reading