Augusto di Prima Porta

Our second post is about one of the  most important statue of The Augusto, The first emperor and the founder of the Roman Principate, The Augusto di Prima Porta. It was discovered on April 20, 1863 in the Villa of Livia al Prima Porta. The sculpture is now displayed in the Vatican Museums. It is thought to be a copy of a bronze original. The sculptor may have been Greek. Augustus is shown in this role of “Imperator”, the commander of the army, as thoracatus. The bas-reliefs on his armored cuirass have a complex allegorical and political agenda, alluding to diverse Roman deities, including Mars, god of war, as well as the personifications of the latest territories he conquered: Hispania, Gaul, Germania, Parthia.       
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