Vaison la Romaine has, just as the neighbouring town of Orange, a rich Roman heritage. As in Orange, there is a theatre although this one doesn't have a an impressive back wall. A substantial part of the former Roman town has been excavated and is open to visitors. One of the finds was this statue of Sabina (empress from AD 128 till 136) which can be seen in the museum. Sabina was the wife of Emperor Hadrian. Her marriage was childless and rather unhappy as Hadrian reserved his devotion for his boyfriend Antinous. The statue stands out for the way Sabina's tunic is sculpted, complete with the detail of the buttoned up sleeves. Her hairstyle is typical for the second century AD. Photo Paul Smit.