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9.10: Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus

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  • Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker provide a description, historical perspective, and analysis of Battle of the Romans and Barbarians. This sarcophagus, also known as the Great Ludovisi sarcophagus (or the Via Tiburtina Sarcophagus), is thought to be a memorial to the wars between the Ostrogoths and Imperial Romans then taking place. It was found in 1621 and named after Ludovico Ludovisi, its initial modern owner.


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    Battle of the Romans and Barbarians (Ludovisi Battle Sarcophagus), c. 250–260 CE. (Museo Nazionale Romano-Palazzo Altemps, Rome)

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