I love this kind of stuff."The Prisons (Carceri d'invenzione or Imaginary Prisons) is a series of 16 prints by the Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi in the 18th century. They depict enormous subterranean vaults with stairs and mighty machines." (Imaginary Prisons - Wikipedia)
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Slavery in ancient Rome - Wikipedia). Is it just a coincidence the similarity between the words circus and carcerem? Can we find a connection of sort?
Circus Maximus - Wikipedia)
Perplexing that the artist both drew ruined and not-so ruined drawings of Rome. Was he copying another drawing? Or did the artist live through the great changes and therefore was alive to draw a before-and-after picture of Rome?
Indeed, I found the same date a few years ago while researching Rome for the first time on my forum on the mudflood thread.Anyway it seems to me that the 16th century for Rome is the century in which everything was turned upside down.
Notice how all the victims in the above painting have green skin. I've noted green-skinned people to be quite prevalent in Italy in tapestries, busts and paintings of the 1400s. Not before, and not after. Well, maybe now we know why they aren't depicted later on. It is because they were all slaughtered perhaps. The question arises as to where they came from all of sudden to pop up in the 1400s.