of Cneus Sentius Felix
beginning of the II Century A.C.
This is the funerary
monument of Cneus Sentius Felix,
a very notable and influental figure
of the roman society of Ostia, between
the end of the Ist and the beginning
of the IInd century a.c.
The altar, sculpted in marble coming
from the caves of Monti Appuani,
was found in 1696 among the ruins
of ancient Ostia. After having been
exposed in Rome, in Aventino, it
was brought to Florence, to Palazzo
del Rosso. It has finally arrived
at the Galery in the 18th century.
The architectural decoration and
the long inscription on it connote
it as one of the most significant
and prestigious altar of the period.
The long inscription provides an
extraordinary view on the civil,
economic and commercial life of
the big roman port.
In our days we would say that the
defunct had excellent managing abilities
and dealt with sea transportation
and sea trade, especcially wine
importation. He was a member of
the Adriatic Sea Transporters Association
and patron (kind of an honorary
title) of wheat measurers, oil traders,
those in charge of public weighing,
ferrymen and boatmen, as well as
the fishermen”s, who resold
by retail the fruit of their work.
Cneus Sentius Felix also accorded
its patronage to some youth association
dedicated to sports and military
fighting, these last one though
only in case if they didnt suppose
and the following increase in value
of this important monument not only
gives the possiblity to Cneus Sentius
Felix to become well known and remembered
after… almost 20 centuries!
But it also allows us to enter the
turbulent and multicoloured life
of the big port of Rome between
the age of Trajan and that of Adrian.
The Romualdo Del Bianco
Foundation, following the
recommendation of the Soprintendenza
per il Polo Museale Fiorentino,
has promoted the restoration of
two ancient roman altars, now at
a Florentine hotel group, through
its program of protection of artistic
heritage named “Be part of
History” will support this
restoration, which will be made
by Dr. Camilla Mancini with the
superintendence of the Director
of Archaeological Department of
Uffizi Gallery, Dr. Antonella Romualdi.
Here below are some images and information
about the ancient roman finds. Other
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