Colossal portrait of Augustus
Marble. Ca. 14—30 CE.
Inv. No. 21.88.94.
New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo by Roger B. Ulrich

Colossal portrait of Augustus.

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

New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Description:
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.
Credits:
© 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