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Vergil holding the scroll with text of “Aeneid” seated between the muses of history (Clio) and tragedy (Melpomene).  Mosaic. 3rd century. 123 × 122 cm. Tunis, The National Museum of Bardo. Origin:	The “maison de l’Arsenal” or “maison de Virgile” in Sousse, Tunisia (ancient Hadrumetum in the province Byzacena). Discovered in 1896 by French soldiers excavating for an arsenal. The scroll in Virgil's hand reads, “Musa, mihi causas memora,” from the first lines of the Aeneid.

Vergil holding the scroll with text of “Aeneid” seated between the muses of history (Clio) and tragedy (Melpomene). Mosaic. 3rd century. 123 × 122 cm. Tunis, The National Museum of Bardo. Origin: The “maison de l’Arsenal” or “maison de Virgile” in Sousse, Tunisia (ancient Hadrumetum in the province Byzacena). Discovered in 1896 by French soldiers excavating for an arsenal. The scroll in Virgil's hand reads, “Musa, mihi causas memora,” from the first lines of the Aeneid.

Dice players. Roman fresco from the Osteria della Via di Mercurio (VI 10,1.19, room b) in Pompeii.

Dice players. Roman fresco from the Osteria della Via di Mercurio (VI 10,1.19, room b) in Pompeii.

Tunisia, Thuburbo Majus, Mosaic work depicting a fishing scene 3rd Century A.D., Tunisia, Tunis, Musee National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum), Roman art

Tunisia, Thuburbo Majus, Mosaic work depicting a fishing scene 3rd Century A.D., Tunisia, Tunis, Musee National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum), Roman art

Mosaic work depicting the poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70 BC - 19 AD) writing the Aeneid sitting between the muses Clio and Melpomene

Mosaic work depicting the poet Virgil (Publius Vergilius Maro, 70 BC - 19 AD) writing the Aeneid sitting between the muses Clio and Melpomene

Clio, Muse of History, 2nd century, Roman copy from a Greek original  The Hermitage Museum

Clio, Muse of History, 2nd century, Roman copy from a Greek original The Hermitage Museum

Messalina holding Britannicus, Marble, ca. 45 AD. Inspired by Cephisodotos' renowned sculpture, Eirene bearing the child Ploutos.

Messalina holding Britannicus, Marble, ca. 45 AD. Inspired by Cephisodotos' renowned sculpture, Eirene bearing the child Ploutos.

Roman civilization. Head of Asclepius. From Bulla Regia, Tunisia. Artwork-location: Tunis, Musée National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum)

Roman civilization. Head of Asclepius. From Bulla Regia, Tunisia. Artwork-location: Tunis, Musée National Du Bardo (Archaeological Museum)

Melpómene, Musa de la Tragedia. Siglo I d. C.

Melpómene, Musa de la Tragedia. Siglo I d. C.

Muse - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Muse

Muse - Ancient History Encyclopedia

Melpomene, muse of tragedy.  Roman, after Greek model of 2nd century BC. Marble. Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

Melpomene, muse of tragedy. Roman, after Greek model of 2nd century BC. Marble. Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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