It seems such a pity that there are only broken pieces of this sculpture group left, because the work is astonishingly intricate. For example the detail of the plaited tassels (presumably to stop the fabric fraying) on the lower edge of Aeneas's tunic - yes, I did photograph them, but had to decide what to and what not to upload.
When you think that this was carved 2,000 years ago, was left behind when the Romans moved away and also somehow survived several hundred years of Moorish rule, I think we're lucky to be able to see this much.
There are many, more modern, representations of this group fleeing Troy (as recounted in Virgil's Aeneid) but the most similar contemporary image I've been able to find is this copy of a wall painting from the Via d'Abbondanza in Pompeii (first century AD). The original painting is in EUR (Rome), Museum of Roman Civilization.
Picture from vroma.org Credit - Barbara McManus, 2003
If you'd like to know more about either the Spanish National Museum of Roman Art (and some of its' priceless and awe-inspiring exhibits) or the "Archaeological Ensemble of Mérida", please take a look my other pictures and their accompanying text.
They can be found - here -.
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