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Female head in polychrome terracotta
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Polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
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Diadem
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Gladiator
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Portrait of Augustus
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Puppet and toy tower
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Nutcracker
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Earring
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Kylix with Tuna and Dolphins
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Funeral bed (Kline)
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Head of Herakles
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Funeral wreath with oak leaves
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Floor in polychrome tesserae with central velarium
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Shell-shaped casket with Nereid on sea monster
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Venus from Parabita (Lecce)
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Venus from Parabita (Lecce)
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Metope with a scene of battle between Greeks and barbarians
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Bronze statue of Zeus on Doric stone capitals
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Overpainted lekythos with a woman looking out the window
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Green Lizard
Female head in polychrome terracotta
Polychrome terracottas depicting acrobats
Diadem
Gladiator
Portrait of Augustus
Puppet and toy tower
Nutcracker
Earring
Kylix with Tuna and Dolphins
Funeral bed (Kline)
Head of Herakles
Funeral wreath with oak leaves
Floor in polychrome tesserae with central velarium
Shell-shaped casket with Nereid on sea monster
Venus from Parabita (Lecce)
Venus from Parabita (Lecce)
Metope with a scene of battle between Greeks and barbarians
Bronze statue of Zeus on Doric stone capitals
Overpainted lekythos with a woman looking out the window
Green Lizard

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Description

The emperor, whose portrait is known from many statues and from the same coin representations, is easily recognized by his triangular face, small, close-set eyes and the typical curl of "pincer" hair. He is depicted standing, and with his head veiled. This element made it possible to recognize the depiction of him in the functions of pontiff maximum, head of the Roman religion, and therefore to date the portrait after 12 BC. C. year in which he assumed that office. The power of Augustus, in fact, can be defined as a principality rather than an imperium: this term in fact indicated the military command, while Octavian Augustus was a princeps, "a first citizen", who over time assumed the most important offices of the state Roman which, moreover, never ceased to be defined as res publica.


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