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Roman, Vespasian
I love this portrait! The sneer/scowl seems so real!

TITVS FLAVIVS VESPASIANVS, born in 9 AD to Vespasia Polla and Flavius Sabinus, entered public service and was serving as Governor of Judaea in 68 when Nero committed suicide. The eastern legions resented the quick succession of Nero, Galba, Otho, and Vitellius, since the Rhine legions had caused it all. In July of 69 the eastern legions proclaimed Vespasian, and the legions of Illyricum followed. Vitellius was killed on December 20, 69 and Vespasian reigned mildly for the next ten years. He died of illness on June 23, 79, was succeeded by his older son Titus, and was deified by the Senate.
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Robert_Brenchley  [Jul 16, 2004 at 01:48 PM]
He looks just the guy to grind the odd rebellious province underfoot!
Joe Sermarini  [Sep 20, 2004 at 11:21 AM]
Tough looking man. Wouldn't want to mess with him. At the same time, you wouldn't be afraid of him if he was your grandpa. Nice portait!
Hannibal  [Feb 17, 2007 at 06:11 PM]
thats a great sneer. you can just imagine him peering at his peons from under all those folds of fat.
moneta romana  [Aug 10, 2008 at 06:07 PM]
I love this portrait
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