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Classical Antiquity Section

This collection comprises 25,000 artefacts of provincial Roman culture in what is today's Bosnia and Herzegovina, dating from the 1st to the 6th century CE. Some of the artefacts are connected with early Christianity. The rich numismatic collection illuminates the economic development of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Roman Empire.

The permanent display Bosnia and Herzegovina in Classical Antiquity provides a holistic picture of the historical and cultural development in this region in Roman times, during the Principate (early Roman Empire), and in the Dominate (late Roman Empire).

Adnan Busuladžić, DSc
Archaeologist specialising in late Classical Antiquity
Senior research associate
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Red-figure rhyton

Greek painted pottery is an important archaeological find because it helps in the reconstruction of the everyday life, trade, social relations, religion, and historic events of the period.

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Vessel with theatrical mask motif

The artefact was brought to the National Museum in fragments, as an accidental find, and was reconstructed to its present shape. It is made out of fine purified clay, its walls are thin, and it is partially damaged near the lip.

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Bronze hand of Sabazios

In the classical period, what is now Srebrenica was a mining and administrative centre from which mines in two large provinces, Dalmatia and Pannonia, were administered.

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Bronze lamp

To date, around 400 lamps from classical antiquity have been found or procured, or are kept in the country. The largest collection is housed in the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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Sculpture of the goddess Diana

Historiographic and archaeological research on the territory of today's Bosnia and Herzegovina confirms that ancient Romans spread their civilisation as they spread their territory. Their influence is also reflected in the spreading of their religious cults.