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Images of the Twelve Caesars

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    • 1. Julius Caesar

      1. Julius Caesar

    • 2. Augustus

      2. Augustus

    • 3. Tiberius

      3. Tiberius

    • 4. Gaius 'Caligula'

      4. Gaius 'Caligula'

    • 5. Claudius

      5. Claudius

    • 6. Nero

      6. Nero

    • 7. Galba

      7. Galba

    • 8. Otho

      8. Otho

    • 9. Vitellius

      9. Vitellius

    • 10. Vespasian

      10. Vespasian

    • 11. Titus

      11. Titus

    • 12. Domitian

      12. Domitian

Click on each of the images to see a full size version. 1. JULIUS CAESAR. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Bronze and red marble, from the Ludovisi Collection, now in the Palazzo Altemps, Rome. Julius Caesar’s face can be compared to numerous marble portraits dating from the Roman era, but the rendition in bronze with the use of red marble for the cloak has no parallel in the ancient world. Therefore the piece is felt to date from the 16th century CE, although it is clearly inspired by classical models. 2. AUGUSTUS. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Copy of an original held in the Capitoline Museums, Rome, photographed at the Museo dell'Ara Pacis, Rome. 3. TIBERIUS. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with portrait of Tibeius, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 4. GAIUS 'CALIGULA’. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Caligula, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 5. CLAUDIUS. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Claudius, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 6. NERO. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. A young Nero, wearing the armour and cloak of a Roman general, receives a laurel wreath from his mother Agrippina. The scene refers to the accession of Nero in 54 CE, and predates 59 CE when Nero had his mother murdered. From the Sebasteion, Aphrodisias, Turkey. 7. GALBA. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Galba, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 8. OTHO. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Otho. Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 9. VITELLIUS. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Vitellius, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 10. VESPASIAN. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Vespasian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 11. TITUS. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Coin with Portrait of Titus, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome. 12. DOMITIAN. Photo © S.P. Kershaw, 2011. Marble Portrait of Domitian, Museo Nazionale Romano: Palazzo Massimo alle Terme, Rome.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2012
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Images of the Twelve Caesars, © Steve Kershaw, licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.