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Friday, 31 July 2015

Roman Emperors Horses?

An article in the Daily Telegraph this week has it that a breed of horse is of the type used by the Roman Emperors.

"The archetype of the breed can be seen in many of Rome's bronze and marble equestrian statues, most notably one of Marcus Aurelius which stands in front of the city's town hall, in a piazza designed by Michelangelo in the 1530s for Pope Paul III."

However the horses shown in the photo have long ears, compared to sculptural examples of Roman Imperial Horses.
http://www.thecultureconcept.com/circle/castor-et-pollux-tragedie-en-musique-pinchgut-opera-2012
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/59/Marco_Aurelio_bronzo.JPG
There was a famous breed of Horse of the Roman era, known as the "Nisean Horse".
Though originating from the Zagros region of Iran, a number of these Horses were brought back to Rome after Octavian defeated Marc Anthony.
Marc Anthony had captured a number of these Horses during his campaign into northern Iran.

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