This work is not only universally esteemed, but is accounted one of the rarest specimens of magnificence.”

In this quote from On Architecture (VII.15), Roman architect and engineer Vitruvius is speaking of the very structure shown here: the Temple of Olympian Zeus, Athens. 

While construction on this ancient Greek temple began during the 6th century BC, it was completed much later by Roman emperor Hadrian during the 2nd century AD.

Photos courtesy of & taken by F. Tronchin

A collection of ancient Roman statues from the Carlsberg Glyptotek. The first three statues from the left likely date to mid to late Nerva-Antonine period (117-192 CE), while the last likely dates to an earlier period in the 1st century CE. Photo taken by F. Tronchin

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