Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Archaeology (part two)

I find this remarkably poignant:
The main roads leading to many towns in Roman Italy were lined with graves of all sizes, including tombstones. Their inscriptions were painted red to make them easier for those passing by to read them. 

Rome was apparently a riot of color, as you can read in the following description: 

Red was an incredibly important color to the Romans, for it symbolized strength and victory as well as a connection with the gods:

Here's an amazing map of how various colors were passed along trade routes:

There were also explainers for how individual colors were made, and here are two examples:

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