The Roman Sculptures

Against the rear wall are six statues from Roman times. They were discovered in Rome in 1541, and placed in the Medici villa in Rome in 1583. They were relocated here in 1789. Much restoration has taken place.
  They identity of the figures has, inevitably, led to endless debate. The names given here are the ones most historians agree with.
  The first two shown here do not have specific identities, and they are known as 'Sabine Women'. Salonia Matidia (Often known as Matilda (68 AD - 119 AD) was the daughter and only child of Ulpia Marciana and wealthy praetor Gaius Salonius Matidius Patruinus). Her mother, Ulpia Marciana, (48 AD - 112 AD) is shown next: she was the elder sister of Emperor Trajan.

Agrippina Minor (15 AD 59 AD) was a Roman Empress and one of the most important women in the Julio-Claudian dynasty.

Thusnelda has a rather surprising story. She was a Germanic Noblewoman, captured by the Roman general Germanicus when pregnant, and taken to Rome, where she and her newly-born son were put on display in a triumphal parade. It seems that she was well treated, and her son Thumelicus became a gladiator.






Salonia Matidia

Ulpia Marciana

Agrippina Minor

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