Marcus Aurelius, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, Roman Portraiture, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Marce Aureli!

Marcus Aurelius was born Marcus Annius Verus on April 26, 121 AD of an aristocratic family of Spanish origin (from Ucubi, a small town southeast of Cordoba in Baetica). He was the last of the five "good" emperors of Rome and a major Stoic philosopher. When Marcus Aurelius was a young child he gained the attention… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Marce Aureli!

Hadrian, Rome, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Roma!

Today (21st April) is the traditional date given for the founding of Rome. According to Roman mythology, the founders were Romulus and Remus, twin brothers and supposed sons of the god Mars and the priestess Rhea Silvia. The twins were then abandoned by their parents as babies (because of a prophecy that they would overthrow their great-uncle… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Roma!

Antinous, Hadrian's Villa, SPQR

Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums

White, coarse-grained marble Height: 100 cm (plus socle) Vatican Museums, Vatican City (Sala Rontonda) Inv. 251 Provenance: Found at Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, 1790. Briefly exhibited in Paris from 1801 until the end of Napoleon's regime. The face of the emperor Hadrian's young "favourite" is framed by thick hair with thick, curly ringlets falling over the… Continue reading Bust of Antinous, found at Hadrian’s Villa in 1790, Vatican Museums

Hadrian, Hadrian portrait, Nerva–Antonine dynasty, SPQR

Marble, colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, found in Athens, AD 130-138, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, made of pentelic marble. It was found in Athens. The emperor wears a wreath of oak leaves that end above his forehead in a medallion representing an eagle. The holes in the hoop of the wreath were used to inlay golden leaves. Height 0,55 m. Source http://www.namuseum.gr/collections/sculpture/roman/roman08-en.html More… Continue reading Marble, colossal portrait head of the emperor Hadrian, found in Athens, AD 130-138, National Archaeological Museum of Athens

Roman Portraiture, SPQR

Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!

Septimius Severus was born on 11 April AD 145 in the African city of Leptis Magna, whose magnificent ruins are located in modern-day Libya, 130 miles east of Tripoli. --- Although Severus was not a member of the Antonine Dynasty, he and his descendants had close ties with the Antonine emperors. Severus' grandfather was a duumvir under Trajan, his cousins received suffect… Continue reading Felix dies natalis, Septimi Severe!