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Imitating Roman Fights
The Thereza Christina Maria Collection consists of 21,742 photographs assembled by Emperor Pedro II and left by him to the National Library of Brazil. The collection covers a vast range of subjects. It documents the achievements of Brazil and the Brazilian people in the 19th century, as well as includes many photographs from Europe, Africa, and North America. This photograph of three Brazilian men imitating Roman fighters was taken in Ceará, some time between 1898 and 1909, by the photographer Miguel de Moura, about whom very little is known.