[YOU PUT IN ON SANDWICHES. YOU PUT IN ON BURGERS... (Andre) I'M GONNA NEED FRIES WITH THAT. AND THE OINKSTER PASTRAMI-- A CQURTESAN WITH AN OSTRICH-PLUME FAN, AN EPHEBE. THE OINKSTER PASTRAMI IS QUITE AMAZING. THAT IS THE SANDWICH. THAT IS THE SANDWICH.]
I think I was making good time rushing through the archeological site of Volubilis with the hour that I was given by the cab driver. Apart from a few outstanding structures here, most of the places here involve some sort of mosaic. The mosaics are on the floor so if people would be able to get in here, they would have been trampled into oblivion. The solution was to cordon off the sensitive places such as where the mosaics would be. While this protects the mosaics from deterioration, it makes it very difficult to see what is actually here. Add to that the African sun which would make mosaics like these especially bright.
The sculpture portrays the face of a young man barely out of adolescence. His lips were embellished with red copper and it originally had inlaid eyes. The wreath of wild olive suggests that this figure is a victorious athlete, and the form of the bust indicates that it was set atop the pillar of a herm. The precise arrangement and striations of the hair are reminiscent of works by the fifth-century B.C. sculptor Polykleitos, but the melancholy expression and the delicate appearance of the face are characteristic of first-century B.C. Roman creations made in Classical Greek style.
e work is generally known as the "Benevento Head," although this name is based on a misunderstanding that has long since been cleared up: the bronze was found not at Benevento but during archaeological excavations carried out at Herculaneum, also in the Campania region of southern Italy. Presented to the lord of Benevento by Ferdinand II, king of the Two Sicilies, the head was later mistakenly thought to have been discovered at Benevento.
The people of Tsort and Ephebe were happy—at least, the ones who write and feature in the dramas of history were happy, which is all that mattered. Now their long war was over and they could get on with the proper concern of civilized nations, which is to prepare for the next one.