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Roman fresco on back wall of the peristylium from the House of Venus in a Shell (built in the 1st century BCE in Pompeii). The goddess of love is depicted inside a shell, after its birth, according to the myth reported by the Greek poet Hesiod. [800×422]

Roman fresco on back wall of the peristylium from the House of Venus in a Shell (built in the 1st century BCE in Pompeii). The goddess of love is depicted inside a shell, after its birth, according to the myth reported by the Greek poet Hesiod. [800×422]

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Skeletons found in a Roman house in Kourion, Cyprus, by David and Noelle Soren in the mid-1980s. Skeletons belonged to a family killed in the earthquake that struck in 365 CE. The mother cradles an infant in her arms as the the father tries to protect them both from the falling debris. [377×600]

Skeletons found in a Roman house in Kourion, Cyprus, by David and Noelle Soren in the mid-1980s. Skeletons belonged to a family killed in the earthquake that struck in 365 CE. The mother cradles an infant in her arms as the the father tries to protect them both from the falling debris. [377×600]