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I Love a Parade

funerary relief

This Roman funerary relief from Pompeii shows just such a procession. From right to left: 1) two political standard-bearers lead the way with three trumpeters, 2) followed by four porters carrying a litter, 3) the president of the games led by someone carrying a sign naming the festive occasion and another the victor’s wreath, 4) a long line of gladiators carrying their armor, and 5) more musicians and grooms leading the finely styled contestants’ horses.

To learn more about Roman parades, see the new book by Assistant Professor Jacob Latham, Performance, Memory, and Processions in Ancient Rome (Cambridge, 2016)