Cuirassed statue of Titus
White marble.
79 CE.
Inv. No. 6059.Naples, National Archaeological MuseumPhoto by Olga Lyubimova

Cuirassed statue of Titus.

White marble.
79 CE.
Inv. No. 6059.

Naples, National Archaeological Museum
(Napoli, Museo archeologico nazionale).

Found in the so-called “basilica” Herculaneum, now in the Naples Museum.
This statue comes from the so-called basilica of Herculaneum — the Augusteum — a building dedicated to the imperial cult where various statues of the Julio-Claudian dynasty were found (Augustus, Claudius). The statue is of the reigning emperor when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79; Titus had in fact been elected a few months before the catastrophe, on 24 June of that year. The image is therefore to be considered his first official portrait. The elephants depicted on his chest plate are a symbol of triumph in war, but are also forerunners of the games in the Colosseum that would be inaugurated shortly after in 80 AD.
(сс) 2009. Photo: Olga Lyubimova (CC BY-SA 4.0).
Exhibition “Divus Vespanianus”, 2009, Curia, Roman Forum.
Text: museum inscription to the sculpture
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