Colossal portrait of Augustus.

Marble. Ca. 14—30 CE.
Inv. No. 21.88.94.

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Roman colossal (over life-size) portrait of the emperor Augustus (ruled 27 BCE-A.D. 14). The portrait is dated to the period after Augustus’s death in A.D. 14 (ca. 14-30 A.D./CE). After he died Augustus was elevate to the status of a divinity (or “divus”); his successors promoted the cult of the emperor.
© 2010. Photo, text: Roger B. Ulrich.
Keywords: marble colossal male portrait head of the roman emperor Octavian August Octavianus Augustus Ottaviano Augusto Julio-Claudian dynasty dinastia giulio-claudia Julii-Claudii Inv No 21 88 94
History of Ancient Rome