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Aelius131 viewsBust of Aelius in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo by me taken in May 2014.Masis
Agrippa121 viewsBust of Agrippa, on show at the "Moi, Auguste" exhibition in the Grand Palais, Paris in 2014. Photo by me, taken in May 2014Masis
Alexander Severus379 viewsCapitoline museums

I'm not 100% sure that it's Alexander Severus.
Alexander the Great at the Acropolis museum24 viewsGrant H
Antinous130 viewsBust of Antinous, as a Pharoah. In the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo taken by me in May 2014.
His appearance is more like Hadrian's.
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Aphrodite640 viewsMarble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath1 commentsBacchus
Aphrodite of Aphrodiasis20 viewsStatue of Aphrodite of Aphrodisias, today in the Archaeological Museum of Aphrodisias, Caria. Depicted on coins from Aphrodisias.Jochen
Aphrodite of Cnidus188 viewsPallazo Altemps

Roman copy of Praxiteles's original.
Apollo512 viewsFrom the Temple of Apollo at Cyrene in modern LibyaBacchus
Apollo kitharoidos, Vatican Museum, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor.70 viewsAn Apollo Citharoedus is a statue or other image of Apollo with a Kithara (lyre). Among the best-known examples is this Apollo Citharoedus of the Vatican Museums, a 2nd-century AD colossal marble statue by an unknown Roman sculptor. Apollo is shown crowned with laurel and wearing the long, flowing robe of the Ionic bard. The statue was found in 1774, with seven statues of the Muses, in the ruins of Gaius Cassius Longinus' villa near Tivoli, Italy. The sculptures are preserved in the Hall of the Muses, in the Museo Pio-Clementino of the Vatican Museums. Joe Sermarini
Apollo Lykeios24 viewsThe statue of Apollo Lykeios is a standard depiction on coins from Marcianopolis. It shows Apollo resting after defeating the Python snake. It is suggested that this statue was made by Praxiteles, but Euphranor is named too.

The name Lykeios is referring to the Lykeion, a famous grove in Athens, were the original statue was located. The original is lost but several Roman copies have survived.

Apollo Sauroktonos23 viewsThe statue of Apollo Sauroktonos (the Lizard Killer) was a work of Praxiteles. The original is lost, but several Roman copies have been found. This one stands in the Louvre/Paris. Nikopolis ad Istrum will have had a copy too. Therefore it was depicted on many of its coins.
Ara Pacis19 viewsThe Ara Pacis Augustae (Latin, "Altar of Augustan Peace"; commonly shortened to Ara Pacis) is an altar in Rome dedicated to Pax, the Roman goddess of Peace. The monument was commissioned by the Roman Senate on July 4, 13 B.C. to honor the return of Augustus to Rome after three years in Hispania and Gaul, and consecrated on January 30, 9 B.C. Originally located on the northern outskirts of Rome, a Roman mile from the boundary of the pomerium on the west side of the Via Flaminia, it stood in the northeastern corner of the Campus Martius, the former flood plain of the Tiber River and gradually became buried under 4 metres (13 ft) of silt deposits. It was reassembled in its current location, now the Museum of the Ara Pacis, in 1938.

Joe Sermarini
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Ariadne and Bacchus454 viewsAriadne and Bacchus in the British MuseumBacchus
Asclepius168 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Asklepios of Phyromachos23 viewsHead of Asklepios. Roman marble copy of the head of Asklepios made by Phyromachos, today in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg/Russia. The famous statue of Asklepios made by Phyromachos stood in the Asklepieion in Pergamon. Its head is found on several coins from Pergamon.

Phyromachos was the Pergamenian court sculptor. He has made too the Gigantomachy of the Pergamon Altar today in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin.
Athlit Bronze War Galley Ram39 viewsThe Athlit ram, found in 1980 off the coast of Israel near at Athlit Bay (just south of Haifa), is the one of a few surviving ancient war galley rams. Carbon 14 dating of timber remnants date it to between 530 BC and 270 BC. It was once fit on the prow of an ancient oared warship. This would be driven into the hull of an enemy ship in order to puncture it and thus sink, or at least disable, the ship. It is made of a single casting of bronze weighing 465kg and measures about 2.10m long. The ram is thus one of the largest bronze objects to survive from the ancient world and is currently on display in the National Maritime Museum, Haifa, Israel. Captured rams were once used to ornament Octavian's battle monument at Actium, Greece. Only the sockets that held them remain. The valuable bronze was melted long ago.


For other recovered galley rams see:
1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Balbus152 viewsmuseum on PalatinJohny SYSEL
Barberini Faun (Drunken Satyr) located in the Glyptothek in Munich, Germany213 viewsThe life-size marble statue known as the Barberini Faun or Drunken Satyr is located in the Glyptothek in Munich, Germany. A Faun is the Roman equivalent of a Greek Satyr. In Greek mythology, satyrs were human-like male woodland spirits with several animal features, often a goat-like tail, hooves, ears, or horns. Satyrs attended Dionysus. The position of the right arm over the head was a classical artistic convention indicating sleep. The statue is believed to have once adorned Hadrian's Mausoleum. The historian Procopius recorded that during the siege of Rome in 537 the defenders had hurled down upon the Goths the statues adorning Hadrian's Mausoleum. When discovered, the statue was heavily damaged; the right leg, parts of both hands, and parts of the head were missing. Johann Winckelmann speculated that the place of discovery and the statue's condition suggested that it had been such a projectile.
Joe Sermarini
Bronze Cupid 2nd Century British Museum445 viewsBacchus
Bust of Antoninus Pius from the British museum529 views3 commentsareich
Bust of Lucius Verus from the British museum350 viewsareich
Bust of Marcus Aurelius from the British museum309 viewsareich
bust of Traian117 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Bust of Trajan from the British museum348 viewsareich
Capitoline Wolf179 viewsCapitoline Museums

It seems it's from 13th century - not etruscan.
Caracalla76 viewsBust of Bassianus, as Caesar Antoninus. In the Louvre. My photo, taken in May 2014.Masis
Caracalla brought to life33 viewsAs far as colorizing ancient busts goes, this is the best I've ever seen - Caracalla, face to face.1 commentsSteven H
Carnyx players on the Gundestrup Cauldron41 viewsDetail of antlered figures with animal-headed horns depicted on the cauldron found at Gundestrup, Himmerland, Jutland, Denmark. The Gundestrup cauldron is housed at the National Museum of Denmark.

Joe Sermarini
Ceres100 viewsStatue of Ceres, in the Louvre Museum. Photo taken by me in May 2014.1 commentsMasis
Claudius132 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Colossal statue of the river Nile266 viewsThe new wing of the Vatican Museums, Museo Pio-Clementine, is home to Colossus of the Nile the river god, identified by the sphinxes and crocodiles, is represented as a dispenser of blessings. The 16 boys are thought to be an allusion to the number of cubits the level of the Nile rises when it floods, fertilizing the region which it crosses. The reliefs on the base represent life on the banks of the river. It is a 1st century A.D. Roman work most likely based on a Hellenistic original. Jochen
Commodus246 viewsAgain Commodus portrayed as HerculesTitus Pullo
Commodus as Hercules660 viewsThis magnificent statue depicts the Emperor Commodus as Hercules. Currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome. Commodus also minted coins with him as Hercules.Titus Pullo
Commodus as Hercules157 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Constantine the Great204 viewsMarble head of Constantine the Great at the Musei Capitolini in RomeTitus Pullo
Corinthian helmets230 viewsMuseum - Olympia Johny SYSEL
Crouching Venus145 viewsThe British museumJohny SYSEL
Cybele, Marble statue of Cybele from Formia in Lazio, circa 60 BCE3 viewsMarble statue of Cybele from Formia in Lazio, circa 60 BCE. From the collection of the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek. Item number IN 480.

Photo by ChrisO, 26 August 2008
Joe Sermarini
Dionysus135 viewsPallazo Massimo alle TermeJohny SYSEL
Divus Romulo Mausoleum163 viewsThe ruin of the sepulcher of Divus Romulus (died 209 A.D.), the son of Emperor Maxentius, is situated in a large quadrilateral enclosure forming part of the villa of Maxentius, on the Appian way, about one mile from the gate of S. Sebastian. The building is sometimes erroneously called the stables of the Circus of Caracalla.Joe Sermarini
Eagle125 viewsA limestone sculpture of an Eagle, (representing Jupiter) clutching a Snake in its beak (representing Death). Was found in September 2013 during building work in the Minories area of the City of London. It was made in what is now the Cotswolds area of England around 1900 years ago and would have sat in an alcove of a tomb, just outside the city boundary of Londinium. I was lucky to see this back in November 2013 as it is now no longer on display.3 commentsMasis
Eirene with infant Plutos22 viewsRoman copy of the famous statue made by Kephisodotos, father of Praxiteles, today in the Glyptothek in Munich/GermanyJochen
Elagabalus133 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
empress133 viewsCapitoline museums

I can't remember who it is - maybe Herennia Etruscilla
Ephesian Artemis79 viewsI took this photo while visiting the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey, in August of 2013. Along one of the avenues was this relief of one of Ephesus' most unique symbols: the Ephesian Artemis. Large cult statues of this goddess would be placed in the Artemis Temple just outside the city. Ephesian Artemis can occasionally be found on the reverse sides of Seleucid coins.ThatParthianGuy
Eros of Parium16 viewsA Roman copy of the statue Eros of Parium made by Praxiteles, found in Nicopolis a Istrum, today in the Archaeological Museum Sofia/Bulgaria. Depicted on coins from Parium.Jochen
Eros Stringing his Bow24 viewsThis statue is made by Lysipp. The original ist lost, but several Roman cipies are found. This one is located in the Musei Capitolini in Rom. Depictions of this statue are found on coins of Philippopolis and Nikaia (NIcaea).Jochen
Fortuna131 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Funeral Stele inspired by LRBC - GLORIA ROMANORVM142 viewsFuneral monument (presumably) inspired by (of after) the GLORIA ROMANORVM coins issued in the 350s by Magentius, Constantius II, Decentius & Nepotianus.

At the Landesmuseum at Koblenz, Germany.
Ganymed of Leochares251 viewsGanymedes carried off by the eagle. Marble, Roman copy after a bronze original from ca. 325 BC. Galleria dei Candelabri, Musei Vaticani/Rome. Depicted at least on one coin of Dardanos/Troas.
Glykon Snake22 viewsStatuette of Glykon Snake, today in Museum of Constanta/Romania. Depicted on many coins from Thrace and Moesia inferior.Jochen
goddes121 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Gordian III134 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Greek Youth - British Museum604 viewsGreek statue of a youth with a 'bowl' haircut2 commentsBacchus
head of Alexander the Great136 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
head of Aphrodite103 viewsmuseum on PalatinJohny SYSEL
Head of Constantinus120 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
head of horse from Selene's chariot from east tympanum of Parthenon108 viewsThe British museum Elgin MarblesJohny SYSEL
Hercules191 viewsCapitoline museums1 commentsJohny SYSEL
Hercules of the Forum Boarium161 viewsHercules of the Forum Boarium is a gilded 2nd century B.C. slightly over-lifesize bronze statue, which was found in the Forum Boarium in Rome. This statue is probably the one mentioned by Pliny, which originally stood in the Temple of Hercules Victor, by the Tiber. It lacks the lion skin. Perhaps a actual lion skin was once draped on it. The sculpture is now in the Musei Capitolini, Rome.1 commentsJoe Sermarini
Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey160 viewsThe Hercules of the Theatre of Pompey, from the 2nd Century A.D., was discovered in 1864. It had been carefully buried under protective tiles, incised FCS (fulgor conditum summanium), indicating that it had been struck by lightning, and had been carefully interred on the spot. The figure supports himself lightly on his grounded vertical club; the skin of the Nemean Lion is draped over his left forearm, he holds the apples of Hesperides in his left hand. The sculpture is now in the round room area of Museo Pio-Clementino.2 commentsJoe Sermarini
Hermes Bearing the Infant Dionysos184 viewsHermes bearing the infant Dionysos, made by Praxiteles, around 364 BC. Hellenistic marble copy, now in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia/Greece. Depicted on a coin from Philippopolis.
Hermes Fastening his Sandal28 viewsStatue of Hermes Fastening his Sandal, made by Lysipp c.320 BC. Roman copy from the Louvre/Paris. This statue is depicted on coins of Marcianopolis.

A new research by von Mosch (2013) shows that Hermes is rather loosening his sandal, which can be seen by the position of his fingers. In this way fastening is not possible!
Hermes with infant Dionysos123 viewsmuseum in OlympiaJohny SYSEL
Isis from the Villa Hadriana84 viewsIsis, marble statue from the Hadrian period, found in the 17th century at the Villa Hadriana near Tivoli. Isis, crowned with small throne (= aset, Egyptian name for Isis), in long garment with Isis knot over her breast, holding situla in lowered l. hand and sistrum in raised r. hand.

The original statue was acquired 1753 for the Capitoline Museums/Rome, 1798 displaced by Napoleon to Paris, 1815 donated by Pope Pius VII to King Louis XVIII, and still in the Louvre/Paris.
Julia Domna136 viewsVatican museums
Julius Caesar75 viewsBust of Julius Caesar, on show at the "Moi, Auguste" exhibition in the Grand Palais, Paris in 2014. Photo by me, taken in May 2014Masis
Jupiter, Pluto, Persephone, Neptune, Amphitrite123 viewsPallazo AltempsJohny SYSEL
Ludovisi Ares115 viewsPalazzo Altemps

Roman copy of greek original from aproximately 330 BC.
Marcus Aurelius149 viewsCapitoline museums

this statue survived because in Christian times Romans thought it's statue of Constantine I.
Marcus Aurelius104 viewsPallazo AltempsJohny SYSEL
Marcus Aurelius Equestrian statue154 viewsThis is the copy of the Equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius on the Capitoline hill. The original is in the Capitoline Museum, this replica sits outside. It is said to have survived because it was mistakenly believed to be of Constantine the Great. Picture taken September 2008.2 commentsJay GT4
Maria of Alania Byzantine empress by marriages to emperors Michael VII Doukas and Nikephoros III Botaneiates (aka Maria-Martha of Georgia of Bagrationi royal dynasy)26 viewsMaria of Alania (born Martha, Georgian, 1053-1118) was Byzantine empress by marriages to emperors Michael VII Doukas and Nikephoros III Botaneiates. At the time of her marriage, Georgian Maria was one of only two non-Byzantine princesses to marry a Byzantine heir and the only one to give birth to an heir.

Anna Komnene, in her medieval biographical text Alexiad, describes the beautiful Georgian princess Maria of Alania: "...after Michael Ducas' deposition, when he had advised the latter's successor, Nicephorus Botaniates, to take her in marriage, because she came from another country and had not a crowd of kinsfolk to give the Emperor trouble, and he had told Botaniates a great deal about her family and personal beauty, and often praised her to him. And certainly she was as slender of stature as a cypress, her skin was white as snow, and though her face was not a perfect round, yet her complexion was exactly like a spring flower or a rose. And what mortal could describe the radiance of her eyes? Her eyebrows were well-marked and red-gold, while her eyes were blue. Full many a painter's hand has successfully imitated the colors of the various flowers the seasons bring, but this queen's beauty, the radiance of her grace and the charm and sweetness of her manners surpassed all description and all art. Never did Apelles or Pheidias or any of the sculptors produce a statue so beautiful. The Gorgon's head was said to turn those who looked upon it into stone, but anyone who saw the Queen walking or met her unexpectedly, would have gaped and remained rooted to the spot, speechless, as if apparently robbed of his mind and wits. There was such harmony of limbs and features, such perfect relation of the whole to the parts and of the parts to the whole, as was never before seen in a mortal body, she was a living statue, a joy to all true lovers of the beautiful. In a word, she was an incarnation of Love come down to this terrestrial globe."

Joe Sermarini
Maximinus Thrax107 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Meta Sudans28 viewsThe Meta Sudans (Latin: "sweating turning post") was a large monumental conical fountain in ancient Rome. The pic shows a graphical reconstruction. It can be found on several Roman coins.Jochen
Minerva114 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Mithras slaying the Bull151 viewsFamous statue in the Musei Vaticani. But I couldn't find any information about its origin.
'Today the Vatican stands where the last sacrament of the Phrygian taurobolium was celebrated.'
( S. Angus, The Mystery Religions, p235)
Mons Argaios22 viewsMons Argaios, today Erciyes Dagi, the holy mountain of Cappadocia was the standard depiction on coins of Caesarea/Cappadocia.Jochen
museum in Olympia - Zeus throwing lightning 192 viewsJohny SYSEL
Neptune, Apollo, Cybele, Luna, Mercury, Hephaestus, Helios, Mars, Venus, Hercules, Bacchus111 viewsPallazo AltempsJohny SYSEL
Nero116 viewsmuseum in KorinthJohny SYSEL
Nilus 148 viewsNilus and his attributes: sphinx, crocodile, cornucopiae

Vatican Museums
Octavianus Augustus119 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Peafowl135 viewsVatican museums

animal of Juno ~ Hera
Philip the Arab123 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Pompey Magnus69 viewsBust of Pompey Magnus (the Great), on show at the "Moi, Auguste" exhibition in the Grand Palais, Paris in 2014. Photo by me, taken in May 2014Masis
Probus221 viewsCapitoline museumsJohny SYSEL
Pupienus115 viewsVatican museumsJohny SYSEL
Remus and Romulus with the she-wolf512 viewsThe symbol of Rome this is an Etruscan bronze currently on display at the Musei Capitolini in Rome.Titus Pullo
Rome, Vatican Museum, Base of the Column of Antoninus Pius 101 viewsRome, gardens of the Vatican Museums, the base of the Antonine Column from Campo Marzio: the winged genius door between the gods Antoninus Pius and Faustina Annia deified; left, the genius of the Campus Martius, with the obelisk of Augustus; right, the goddess Roma. Sermarini
Rondanini Medusa3 viewsSo-called ďRondanini MedusaĒ. Marble, Roman copy after a 5th-century BC Greek original by Phidias, which was set on the shield of Athena Parthenos.

Homer wrote about the Gorgon on four occasions, but only about the head, as if the creature had no body. Up to the 5th century B.C., the head depicted was very ugly, with her tongue sticking out, boar tusks, puffy cheeks, her eyeballs staring straight ahead and the snakes twisting all around her. The direct frontal stare was highly unusual in ancient Greek art. In some cases a beard, (probably representing streaks of blood) was added to her chin, making her appear as a wild. Gorgoneia painted on the shields of warriors on mid-5th century Greek vases, however, are not as ugly, strange or frightening. By that time, the Gorgon had lost her tusks and the snakes were rather stylized. The Hellenistic marble known as the Medusa Rondanini shows how the Gorgon changed over time into a beautiful woman.
Joe Sermarini
Serapis of Bryaxis232 viewsRoman marble copy of the head of Serapis from the Serapeion in Alexandria made by Bryaxis, flourishing 400-350 BC. Now in the Museo Pio-Clementino, Vaticane/Rome.
Seuthes III Bronze Head (Reproduction)112 viewsThe bronze head of Seuthes III was found ritually buried outside his tomb at Kazanlak. The photo is of a reproduction made to look as the head would have looked new. The actual bronze head is in remarkable similar condition with a slightly rougher greener patina and the eyes are plain green bronze.1 commentsJoe Sermarini
The British museum - Nereid monument164 viewsTetrastyl temple in ionic styl built by pieces from Xanthos in Lycia.
The Lion of Knidos120 viewsThe British MuseumJohny SYSEL
The Temple of Divus Romulus on the Via Sacra Adjoining the Basilica Maxentius119 viewsLeft unfinished at the time of the usurper Maxentius' downfall in AD 312, both structures were completed under Constantine, the temple presumably was dedicated to the founder of the city rather than to Maxentius' son. Joe Sermarini
Tiber or other rivergod131 viewsCapitoline MuseumsJohny SYSEL
Titus135 viewsexposition in curiaJohny SYSEL
Titus and Vespasianus148 viewsExposition inside Curia in Roman forum
built by Julius Caesar 44 BC
converted to church in 630 AD
Trajan79 viewsStatue of Trajan, in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo taken by me in May 2014. Like all original ancient marble busts and statues, this would have been painted. The Cuirass has two Victories setting up a Trophy.Masis
TRAJAN'S COLUMN.199 viewsAR denarius. 112-115 AD. 3,62 grs. Laureate and draped bust right. IMP TRAIANO AVG GER DAC P M TR P COS VI P P / Trajan's column. Statue of Trajan on column on square base; two eagles at base of column. / S P Q P OPTIMO PRINCIPI.
RIC 292. RSC 588.
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Trophy of Arms from Trajan's Column88 viewsTrajanís Column, located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum, was dedicated on 12 May 113. The freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101 - 102 and 105 - 106). The relief includes about 2,500 figures and winds 23 times around the shaft for a total length of about 200 meters. The height of the relief increases towards the top of the Column (0.89 m to 1.25 m) with a corresponding increase in the heights of individual figures from c. 60 cm to 80 cm in height. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 steps provides access to a viewing platform at the top. Ancient coins indicate preliminary plans to top the column with a statue of a bird, probably an eagle, but after construction, a statue of Trajan was put in place; this statue disappeared in the Middle Ages. On December 4, 1587, the top was crowned by Pope Sixtus V with a bronze figure of St. Peter, which remains to this day.Joe Sermarini
Tyche of Antioch168 viewsLate Roman marble copy of the original Greek bronze cultic statue by Eutychides of Sicyon. Located in the Vatican Museum (Galleria dei Candelabri).Abu Galyon
Tyche of Antioch206 viewsThe Tyche of Antioch was a cult statue of the city goddess (fortune) of Antioch, venerated in a temple called the Tychaion. The statue was made by Eutychides of Sicyon (c. 335 - c. 275), a pupil of the great Lysippus. It was the best-known piece of Seleucid art, remarkable because it was sculpted to be viewed from all directions, unlike many statues from the period. Although the original has been lost, many copies exist, including the one in the photograph right, now at the Vatican. The goddess is seated on a rock (Mount Sipylus), has her right foot on a swimming figure (the river Orontes), wears a mural crown (the cityís walls), and has grain in her right hand (the city's fertility).2 commentsJoe Sermarini
Vespasian328 viewsBust of the Emperor Vespasian in the Museo Nazionale NapoliTitus Pullo
Vespasian277 viewsexposition in ColosseumJohny SYSEL
Victoria Brescia22 viewsStatue of Victoria Brescia (Italian: Vittoria alata = winged Victory), found behind the Capitoline Temple of Brescia in 1826, now in the Santa Giulia Museum in Brescia.

Roman copy of a statue of Aphrodite of the 3rd century BC from a Greek City State. Wings added in 1st century BC to transform her in a winged Victory holding a shield to write on it (name of Victor?). The original Aphrodite (type of the Venus of Capua) was holding the shield of Ares to look at her face reflected on the inside of the shield.

The type of the Victoria of Brescia can be found on many Roman coins and on Trajan's column.
Victory - British Museum641 viewsA small bronze Victory - 1st CenturyBacchus
Victory Inscribing Shield - From Trajan's Column76 viewsTrajanís Column, located in Trajan's Forum, built near the Quirinal Hill, north of the Roman Forum, was dedicated on 12 May 113. The freestanding column is most famous for its spiral bas relief, which artistically describes the epic wars between the Romans and Dacians (101 - 102 and 105 - 106). The relief includes about 2,500 figures and winds 23 times around the shaft for a total length of about 200 meters. The height of the relief increases towards the top of the Column (0.89 m to 1.25 m) with a corresponding increase in the heights of individual figures from c. 60 cm to 80 cm in height. Inside the shaft, a spiral staircase of 185 steps provides access to a viewing platform at the top. Ancient coins indicate preliminary plans to top the column with a statue of a bird, probably an eagle, but after construction, a statue of Trajan was put in place; this statue disappeared in the Middle Ages. On December 4, 1587, the top was crowned by Pope Sixtus V with a bronze figure of St. Peter, which remains to this day.Joe Sermarini
Vitellius109 viewsStatue of Vitellius in the Louvre Museum, Paris. Photo taken by me in May 2014. Note the statue has retained some pigmentation from the original paint.1 commentsMasis
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