The Puteoli Marble Block
Imperial Roman Period
White marble slab, finished on two sides and top; in molded frame 11 lines of inscription, now erased. Words "IMP CAESARI" and "PUTEOLANA" still visible. Reused in arch of Trajan at Puteoli where "back" was carved as part of two panels: Left panel has a squared background and shows part of a soldier at left, in deep relief, carrying a spear, overlapping another soldier in low background relief, carrying a richly ornamented shield slung over his shoulder, with another soldier wearing a scabbard and holding a now missing spear upright. R panel, rounded background, has 1 soldier, en face, in deep foreground relief. (Kahler: block reused from base of equestrian statue (?) of Domitian erected on occasion of completion of road Sinuessa-Puteoli. After death of Domitian inscription erased : the block reused in base of arch of Trajan at Puteoli commemorating harbor or road works of his reign. A second block of same series in Berlin.
Current & Past Exhibitions:
Roman Sculpture Gallery (1975 - 2000)
Roman World (15 Mar 2003)
[Catalogue, Collection] Romano, Irene B. 2006. Classical Sculpture; Catalogue of the Cypriot, Greek and Roman Stone Sculpture in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 256, no. 123
[Catalogue, Exhibition] White, Donald, et al. 2002. Guide to the Etruscan and Roman Worlds at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 46, no. 67; p. 47, no. 68
[Article] Flower, Harriet I. 2001. "A Tale of Two Monuments: Domitian, Trajan, and Some Praetorians at Puteoli (AE 1973, 137)". AJA. 105 (4): 625-648.
[Book] Bodel, John & Tracy, Stephen. 1997. Greek and Latin Inscriptions in the USA: A Checklist. 211-212. : Page/Fig./Plate: 212
[Book] Horne, Lee C. 1985. Introduction to the Collections of The University Museum.
: Page/Fig./Plate: p. 39, fig. 22
[Article] Matthews, Kenneth D. 1970. The Imperial Wardrobe of Ancient Rome. Expedition: The Magazine of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. 12 (3): 2-13.
: Page/Fig./Plate: 9
[Catalogue] 1965. Guide to the Collections, The University Museum. : Page/Fig./Plate: p.66
[Article] Hall, E. E. 1913. "A Seated Dionysos". The Museum Journal. 4 (4): 164-167. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 142ff, p. 143, fig. 126
[Journal] Notizie Degli Scavi di Antichita. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 213
[Article] Sieveking, Johannes. 1919. Romisches Soldatenrelief. Sitzungsberichte, Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften. 6
[Book] Reinach, Salomon. 1910. "Repertoire de la Statuaire grecque et Romaine". Vol. II, pt. II (1910-1930). : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 208, no. 2
[Article] Bates, William N. 1910. "Archaeological News. Notes on Recent Excavations and Discoveries; Other News". AJA. 14 (3): 95-141. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 391
[Article] Bates, William N. 1912. "Greek and Roman Sculptures in Philadelphia". AJA. 16 (1): 101. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 101, no. 6
[Article] Bates, William N. 1914. Archaeological Discussions. AJA. 18 (4): 499 - 550. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 526, fig. 2
[Catalogue, Collection] Luce, Stephen B. 1921. Catalogue of the Mediterranean Section. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 171-2, no. 20
[Article] Kahler, Heinz. 1951. Der Trajansbogenin Puteoli, in 1951. Studies Presented to David Moore Robinson on his Seventieth Birthday. 1. : Page/Fig./Plate: p. 430-9, pls. 27-30
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