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A Roman Family in Their Holiday Best?

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For several hundred years, these statues have faced us from the Porta Consolare.

Were they a family? There's no indication of it, although their statues must surely have been carved as a single group. At any rate, they have nothing to do with the gate: found near the amphitheatre in the Renaissance, these statues were, not inappropriately, placed on the Roman gate that is still today Spello's "front door". (For a 16c fresco showing them already in place on the Porta Consolare, see the gate's homepage.)

They must have been powerful people; rarely does a child get his own statue. The man's toga, with its arm-cramping left fold, is austerely republican. The child must have had a head. Beyond that, noone knows a thing. Their identity remains unknown.

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