Detail of column and capital in the House of the Birds, Italica, Seville, Spain, pictured on December 28, 2006, in the morning. This column, with capital decorated with acanthus leaves, is in the style of the Corinthian order. Italica was founded by Scipio Africanus in 206 BC as a centre for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Ilipa, a defeat for Carthage during the Punic Wars, and became a military outpost. The name signifies that the original settlers were from an Italian regiment. It was one of the first cities in Roman Hispania and was the birthplace of two Roman Emperors: Trajan (53-117 AD) and Hadrian (76-138 AD). The House of the Birds is named for its central mosaic. It is the most Italian in style of the houses in Italica. The city declined after the fall of the Roman Empire. Picture by Manuel Cohen.

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Detail of column and capital in the House of the Birds, Italica, Seville, Spain, pictured on December 28, 2006, in the morning. This column, with capital decorated with acanthus leaves, is in the style of the Corinthian order. Italica was founded by Scipio Africanus in 206 BC as a centre for soldiers wounded in the Battle of Ilipa, a defeat for Carthage during the Punic Wars, and became a military outpost. The name signifies that the original settlers were from an Italian regiment. It was one...
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