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Bust of A Young Augustus - CB.3182
Origin: Mediterranean
Circa: 50 BCE to 100 CE

Collection: Roman Imperial Portraiture
Medium: Marble

Location: Great Britain
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This portrait of the first Roman emperor , Augustus Caesar –born Gaius Octavius– (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), precedes the "Prima Porta" type, which was created as an expression of the virtues of humanity and responsibility characteristic of a good prince and first citizen, and was very often employed in effigies of the Emperor. Instead here we have a more ominous image of the Emperor as a young boy. In 27 B.C., when Gaius Octavius Caesar (63 B.C.-14 A.D.) received the title of Augustus from the Roman Senate. With a relaxed expression, a firm gaze (which we see again later inthe prima porta type) and smooth and very ordered hair - in a style which is distinctive of portraits of the emperor, this portrait transmits an air of sublime tranquility. - (CB.3182)


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