A Roman copy of a statue of Satellite

A Roman copy of a statue of Satellite


1. Technical data

  • Name: A Roman copy of a statue of Satellite.
  • Author: The original statue was made by Polycylite.
  • Date or period of production and/or use: During the classical era (original).
  • Building or production: White marble.
  • Dimensions:  Width: 4m. Height: 6m. Lenght: 4km in the 3rd Century BC. Nowadays, only 1km has been kept
  • Origin: It was built in Tarraco by the Romans)

2. More information

Purpose or use: It was built to protect Tarraco as well as to control goods and citizens.

Description of their features: It surrounded all the sides of the city, except for the seaside qhere the docks were. At the topo of the wall there was an empty space that the soldiers used to move war machines along the wall. It had four main entrances big enoug for horses to enter ena exit the city. It also had lots of human sized small doors.

Aesthetic Description/Artistic style: There were some inscriptions called “Titulus Pictus” that appear on amphorae. We provide valuable information on the characteristics of goods and products exported as content, origin, raw material, quality, age, weight or trader.

Who loaded it and/or conserve: The Romans.

What technical contribution do you provide: Building such a wall at that age was a big technical challenge.

Who ordered it: The Scipio brothers.

How can you associate this building with other similar structures and historical ages and the societies to which it is viculated: It can be related to other walls built across the world.

How did it get to our days: Because it has always been protected and the access to it is very limited and, obviously, a big part has disappeared.

What do we know about the authors: We only know it was ordered by the Scipio brothers and built by the Romans.


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