BC spoils arrived from the Greek city of Tarentum, in south-east Italy..
Made in Rome about AD 150-70. In 209 BC spoils arrived from the Greek city of Tarentum, in south-east Italy. Quintus Fabius Maximus, who punished the Tarentines for going over to Hannibal during the Second Punic War, found the colossal bronze Zeus, the work of the famous sculptor Lysippus, too difficult to transport to Rome. But another work by Lysippus, showing the hero Hercules purging the Augean Stables, was exhibited in Rome next to a statue of the triumphant Fabius Maximus on horseback. In the fourth century AD the statue of Hercules was removed to the new capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, which became a museum of ancient art (the snake column from Delphi may still be seen in the Hippodrome). Evidently the need to furnish an emerging capital with prestigious works of art remained important throughout antiquity and indeed in more recent times: Rome lost much, though
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