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This head is sometimes called Octavian, Augustus’s earlier name. Using Greek culture and sculpture as his inspiration, Augustus attempted to re-create the grandeur of classical Athens in Rome. This involved a large amount of idealisation, not least in the many portraits he had made of himself. The example here demonstrates the process well; instead of an individualised likeness of Augustus, we see the smooth, youthful face of a god and the hairstyle of an athlete

Location of Original: 

Rome, Capitoline Museum, Sala degli Imperatori 413


Transferred from the Archaeological Institute of Göttingen University in August 1991


Verzeichnis der Gipsabgüsse des Archäologischen Instituts der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 246, no.A1319
Helbig: Führer durch die Sammlungen Klassischer Altertümer in Rom II (1966), 1278

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