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Claudius (or Drusus)

Claudius was born in 10 BCE, the third child of Drusus and Antonia Minor; this portrait is sometimes claimed to be of the father Drusus rather than Claudius. However, it resembles a portrait in Berlin that we know to be of Claudius, made just before he became emperor in about 40 CE.

We can see from the way the neck is shaped that the head was originally part of a complete statue

Location of Original: 

Copenhagen, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek 1845


Transferred from the Archaeological Institute of Göttingen University in August 1991


Verzeichnis der Gipsabgüsse des Archäologischen Instituts der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, 243, no.A1305
Poulsen: Katalog over Antike Skulpturen Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek I,56
Johansen, F: Catalogue of Roman Portraits in the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (1994), vol.I, 140, no.58

It is thought that it was found during the building of a road at Marino near Rome

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