At the Museo Nazionale Romano - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme is the Pugilist. He's a Hellenistic bronze sculpture from the 4th century BC and he is stunning. The details of the gloves on his hands and the look of exhaustion...and possibly defeat...on his face brings me back year after year.
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Livia's Garden Room
In the Museo Nazionale Romano are the four walls from Livia's (wife of Emperor Augustus) garden room. The windowless room of frescoes, painted around the 1st Century B.C., was partly submerged to keep it cool. It's easy to spend hours looking at the elaborate paintings of the spring-like scene and imagine the wife of an Emperor enjoying an escape from the heat.