Unknown Roman. (Gaius Julius Caesar?)
White marble. Middle of the 1st century BCE.
Total height 0.52 m. Height of head 0.32 m.
Acireale, Zelantea Library

Unknown Roman. (Gaius Julius Caesar?)

White marble. Middle of the 1st century BCE.
Total height 0.52 m. Height of head 0.32 m.

Acireale, Zelantea Library

Origin:
Found in 1676 near Acireale together with vases, coins and a piece of marble with the inscription C. IVL. CAESAR, which disappeared.
Description:
In 1933 Erich Boehringer wrote a whole book to publish a portrait which he named Ceasar. (...) The bust is ancient, perhaps an Egyptian work; however, it is not Caesar, bua a nameless portrait from the middle of the first century B.C.
Literature:
E. Boehringer, Der Caesar von Acireale (Stuttgart, 1933), pl. 1—7.
F. Johansen, «Antichi ritratti di C. Giulio Cesare nella scultura», Analecta Romana Instituti Danici 4 (Copenhagen, 1967), p. 52.
P. Zanker, «Das Bildnis des M. Holconius Rufus» AA, 1981, p. 357, n. 27.
Credits:
© 1987. Photo, text: Johansen F. S. «Portraits in Marble of Gaius Julius Caesar: a Review». Ancient Portraits in the J. Paul Getti Museum. Vol I. 1987, p. 33, 38.
Keywords: portrait of a man unknown roman head Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii dictator Gaius Julius Caesar Caius Iulius Caesar Gaio Giulio Cesare g108
History of Ancient Rome