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Bust of the Emperor Commodus Wearing Armour

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ca. 190 A.D.RomanmarbleH 74,2 cm

The portraits of Roman emperor were an important means of imperial representation, being a projection of the Caesars’ self-image. The bust of Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus (161-192 A. D.) was found at sea. The general’s armour clearly shows the Emperor’s political aspirations. It has become a permanent attribute of the ruler and a symbol of his power, dignity and his certainty of victory. A beard marks Commodus as a philosopher and a wise man. In 192 A.D. a violent death put an end to his excessive ways of life and ruling.