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Tivoli Hoard
mid-1st century B.C.

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Creator Nationality: European; Southern European; Roman
Creator Name-CRT: Roman
Title: Tivoli Hoard
View: Principal view
Creation Start Date: 0
Creation End Date: 0
Creation Date: mid-1st century B.C.
Creation Place: Italy, said to have been found at Tivoli or Boscoreale
Object Type: Decorative Arts and Utilitarian Objects
Materials and Techniques: silver
Dimensions: No measurment
Description: These pieces of silver, tableware from part of a hoard, are said to be from Tivoli, near Rome, or Boscoreale, near Naples. Tivoli was a popular site for luxury villas in the Late Republic, and was to Rome what Boscoreale and Boscotrecase in the Campanian countryside were to Naples. The Tivoli hoard, comprising thirty pieces in all, includes two decorated skyphoi (wine cups), a ladle, a trulla (spouted pitcher), and several spoons, all of which would have been used at dining and drinking parties. Inscriptions on the pair of drinking cups and the ladle give the weight of each piece and the owner's name: "Sattia, daughter [or wife] of Lucius." The hoard was probably buried as a result of the civil wars and political unrest in Rome during the last decades of the Republic. The elegant soup spoons in this group give a clue to the diverse courses favored in Roman cuisine; the ample bowl of the ladle, like that of the cups, shows an appreciation of wine. We learn details of Roman cuisine through the cookbook of Apicius and the writings of Petronius, Juvenal, and Martial. The dietary preferences of the Romans were remarkably close to the tastes of modern-day Italians. The gustatio, or first course, consisted of shellfish, eggs, or salad. The cena, or main course, featured a succession of roasted meats. The meal ended with sweetmeats and fruits.
AMICA Contributor: The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Owner Location: New York, New York
ID Number: 20.49.2-.12
Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1920
Copyright: Copyright ? 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
Style or Period: Late Republican
AMICA ID: MMA_.20.49.2-.12
AMICA Library Year: 2002
Media Metadata Rights: Copyright (c) 2002 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All Rights Reserved

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