Life magazine ran a seven-part series on the Roman Empire in 1966. Brian Brake was commissioned to photograph locations throughout the territory of the ancient Romans – from Turkey to the United Kingdom – for one of the issues.
It was a massive undertaking for the magazine to coordinate photographers, writers, and researchers, as well as arranging access to monuments and museums. Brake worked on the project for over a year, attending an initial briefing in New York and then sending back photographs as he took them. This was followed by further meetings to fine-tune subject matter and approach.
Story: 'The Romans'
Roman aqueduct at Segovia... 1965
Roman road from Antioch to... circa 1965
Roman ruins, Algeria. From a... 1965
Roman ruins, location unknown... 1965
Colonnade at the ancient city... circa 1965
Hadrian's Wall, England. From a... 1965
Aqueduct, Zaghouan, Tunisia... circa 1965
The head of Jupiter before his... 1965
Temple dedicated to Bacchus... 1965
Subterranean Roman ruins, Bulla... 1965
Autun, France. From a series on... circa 1965
Church of Santa Costanza, Rome... 1965
Cistern of Roman emperor... 1965
Ampitheatre, El Djem, Tunisia... circa 1965
Southern Tunisia. From a series... circa 1965