Friday, April 01, 2005

Augustus as Pontifex Maximus

Augustus closeup 1
Augustus closeup 1, originally uploaded by mharrsch.
We finally climbed the steps of the central hall of the National Museum of Rome after our long circuitous route.

"Formerly the site of the preparatory school "Massimiliano Massimo", this building was constructed in 1883-87 by Camillo Pistrucci in imitation of the noble residences of the early Roman baroque period." - Roma Online

Of course the most immediately recognizable sculpture to me located on the first floor was the statue of Augustus attired as the Pontifex Maximus (high priest).

This work was recovered from the Via Labicana.

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