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1/5: Decorated with winged victories and military trophies, these two capitals at S Lorenzo fuori le mura, #Rome, are among the most unusual #Roman capitals I've seen as #spolia in a #medieval church. #classicstwitter #archaeology #sculpture #LateAntiquity
2/5: Pope Pelagius II (579-90), predecessor of Gregory the Great, built the church over St Lawrence's tomb. The pair of figured capitals is deliberately placed nearest the altar; the rest of the colonnade has #Roman Corinthian capitals, also #spolia. #MedievalArt #architecture
3/5: In the galleries, two elaborate #Roman Composite capitals and columns with spiral fluting add the same emphasis. Contemporary (6th century) capitals, plinths, and imposts also appear less prominently throughout the basilica. #architecture #LateAntiquity
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When visiting #Rome, tourists usually (and comprehensibly) focus on its #ancient remains. Today for the series #EarlyMedievalPills I'll take you through the #Carolingian city of Pope Paschal I (817-24) who, in only 7 years, left a permanent mark on #Roma's sacred topography 1/11
First I need to tell you about his family: he was the son of Bonosus and Theodora and he was very attached to his mother whom he wanted to be immortalised in the stunning #mosaics decorating that little jewel that is the Chapel of St Zeno in Santa Prassede #Roma 2/11
"Theodora Episcopa": lots of speculation about the reasons why she was called bishop-ess. Two possibilities: either Paschal I's father was a bishop and the honorific title extended to his wife, or Paschal paid homage to his mother by granting her a title of distinction 3/11
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