Tag Archives: Nero

The View From Where You Sit: Personal Magnification Devices

Microscope: 3 convex lenses in the inner cylinder, fitting into shagreen (snakeskin)- covered tube, with gilt-bronze finial cap and tripod stand, optics by Passemant, ingénieur du roi, France, c. 1750 photo: metmuseum.org

by Melody Amsel-Arieli   Simple magnification devices, like water-filled spheres and rock crystal (quartz) “burning glasses” were known around the Mediterranean and across the Middle East in ancient times. These evidently served not only to light kindling but also to cauterize wounds and enlarge texts. According to Roman naturalist Pliny the Elder, Nero viewed gladiator […]

Ken's Korner: Roman statue head is finally recovered

Ken’s Korner: Roman statue head is finally recovered News & Views from the World of Antiques & Collectibles By Ken Hall The head of a priceless and ancient Roman statue that had been missing for decades has finally been recovered. The terra cotta funerary piece, possibly depicting Agrippina the Younger, a Roman empress and mother […]