skip to content

Museum of Classical Archaeology Databases

Drusus the Younger (?)

The Julio-Claudian dynasty, the first five Roman emperors from Augustus to Nero, produced many portraits of their relatives and princes. This is thought to be Drusus the younger, the son of the second Roman emperor Tiberius, born in 14 BCE. After service in the Roman army he was in line to succeed his father as emperor; but ancient sources tell us he was poisoned by his wife Livilla and her lover Sejanus in 23 CE.

Other portraits in Madrid and Naples known to be of Drusus have a resemblance to this austere and bony face, hence the identification

Location of Original: 

Rome, Vatican, Museo Chiaramonti 628


Bernoulli: Griechische Ikonographie (1901), II, 28, no.11
Amelung: Catalogue of the Vatican Museum I (1903), 733, pl. 78 (?)

C1 BCE - C1 CE

Search Casts

Use our search tools to search the Casts Archive

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Cambridge

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

Admission is free.

We are open

Opening hours

Tues-Fri: 11am-2pm
Sat: 2-5pm (Univ. term-time only)
Sun & Mon: Closed

Closed on Bank Holiday Mondays

Visit us

Museum of Classical Archaeology
Faculty of Classics
Sidgwick Avenue

Get in touch

Tel. +44 (0)1223 330402

Facebook Twitter

For an explanation of what personal information we gather when you visit the University’s website and details of how that information is used please see the following University Privacy policy:

Copyright statement

All images and material on our websites are ©Museum of Classical Archaeology, University of Cambridge unless otherwise stated. Permission is required to reproduce our images.

See also our Copyright Notice and Take Down Policy.

Important Information

Museum of Classical Archaeology Web Accessibility Statement