The Romans in Croatia

When you walk in specific European cities you find that history is either very visible, or hidden just beneath the surface. In Rome and other places, every time someone digs they find ruins. As in the images below we see that the same is true, in this instance of Hvar, in Croatia. Imagine how many tens of thousands of people have walked along this street, without realising that there were mosaics.

What is nice in this instance, is that at least part of this ruin remains to be seen, protected by the street above. The buildings may have destroyed sections of this archeological site, but enough remains to allow people to take a glimpse into the past.

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A Gladiator Mosaic at Santa Maria Nova

I have walked more than once along the Via Appia but I don’t remember seeing this mosaic. It shows a gladiator with a trident. The name of a gladiator equipped in this manner is Retiarius. Next time you are on the Appian Way consider visiting this Roman Villa, along with the various catacombs.


Spoonley Wood Roman Villa and Mosaic

Roman remains may be found and excavated but sometimes nature reclaims them. These ruins were discovered in 1882 but nature returned and hid them safely away again. Such tweets should inspire archeological departments, and film and TV or BA Media Studies to document the process of re-excavating these ruins, with photogrammetry and other modern tech used.