Publius Decius Mus Series: Rome begging for the help of Publius Decius Mus
Author: Jan Raes II (master weaver) and Peter Paul Rubens (cartoonist)
Origin: Brussels, Flanders
Material: Wool & Silk
Dimensions (cm): 405 x 501
Inv. no.: PD0427
Decius Mus and Titus Manlius receive the ‘Palladium’ from the Hands of the Roman Senate. In Latin mythology, the ‘Palladium’ was an ancient wooden image representing the Pallas Athena, on which the security of Rome was thought to depend. It was kept in the Temple of Vesta in the Roman Forum. Pliny the Elder, Ovid and Valerius Maximus all agreed that the ‘Palladium’ should never leave the Temple, a fact that raises questions about the actual identification of this Tapestry. However, according to Titus Livius, the two Roman Consuls received the ‘Palladium’ for the battle from the hands of the Senators.
Maria Antónia Quina