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Hi guys
I recently found this frieze in Rome. I am posting two shots of it with slightly different lighting. Any comments? It is behind the theater of Marcellus, a walkway that has been opened to public about two years ago. I noticed this frieze by accident only recently and the other day I had my camera with me (a rare thing).
8 gates but only N-E-W-S have entrance to the inner circle? Eagle on the globe which rests on the stand, maybe milliarium aureum - forum romanum?
No, I think that it is the Emperor's scepter. Similar scepters (Not identical IIRW) are held by Consuls leading the games by imperial behalf on late ivory dyptichs.

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Is it ancient or medieval? The theater of Marcellus belonged to the properties of the Pierleoni family and is, if I recall correctly, now owned by the Caetani.
It is a fragment among others that you find near the theater where there were other temples. That is not to say it was part of the theater. I believe it is ancient. To me it doesn't look medieval and not even late roman.
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I've attached photo of the walk way along which the fragment it to be found. The path joins the Marcellus theater with the "portico of Octavia" and the jewish quarter. Leaving the theater the fragment is on your left just before you get to the ramps that lead up to Octavia's portico.
I think that in that case, it belongs to the precinct of the temple of Apollo, which has, indeed, an unusual decoration. On the other hand, I think a Roman sculptor knew how to depict an eagle, and this bird appears to be anatomically incorrect with those oversized wings.
Quote:Is it ancient or medieval? The theater of Marcellus belonged to the properties of the Pierleoni family and is, if I recall correctly, now owned by the Caetani.

The T-shaped form of the crenellations shows it to be Roman, rather than medieval. Compare the town/fortress wall mosaic from Fishbourne.

Mike Bishop