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While I did quite a bit of reading before I went to Rome, and I could identify many of the more famous Roman Emperors, I ended up missing quite a few that I'm sure I had stood right next to many times. I'm very disappointed I didn't get a Caligula or a good Nero. And alas, since I have been back I have seen many photos in books of Emperors that were in some of the museums I visited but WERE NOT LABELED (Doh!) there. One such unfortunate lost opportunity was the Hercules-like bust of the Emperor Commodus in the Palazzo dei Conservatori. (See my note on picture contributions below)
Anyway, what follows is a list of the Roman emperors and whenever possible, their busts and/or any other contributions they made to Roman art or architecture. Click on the emperor's name to see his coin portrait.
This list is now essentially complete with respect to my trip to Italy last July (if I had my good camera when I was in Boston last month I could have gotten a few more from Harvard's Sackler gallery - doh!), and you can see I'm missing quite a few emperors. If anyone out there has pictures of sculpture portraits for any emperors I do not have, I would love to have an electronic copy to post to this site. I will provide appropriate acknowledgements and sufficiently shrink and JPEG each image so that it is not posted in publication quality. I will also tag it with your name if desired (like in my pics).
All sculpture photos are Copyright 1995 Justin D. Paola. Please acknowledge any re-use of these photos.
All of the original photos on this page are for sale as well. See this page for details. Essentially, I'll sell you an 8x10 of any of these pictures for $12 plus shipping and handling.
Since I probably won't make it to Europe again for a few more years, I thought I would flesh out the sculpture pictures with scans from external sources. For some of the emperors that I do not have my own pictures of, I have scanned pictures from a variety of sources and put these on the page with the link titled "Scanned Portrait". Since these are not my original photos, use at your own risk...
Last update July 7, 1996.
Yes, YOU can help me identify these miscellaneous Roman emperors. The majority of sculptures in most of the museums were stacked on shelves and utterly lacking in documentation. Others were labeled and I simply forgot. The following batch are all from the Vatican museum. Help me identify these suckers. Prizes are negotiable.
Completely unidentified portraits: Imperial family members
The votes: Agrippina Minor (2), Germanicus (1) Severus Alexander (1)
There are also a few brand new (as of July 4th, 1996) photos that I
have finally scanned and tentatively identified and placed in the list
below. Please let me know if you think any of the following are incorrectly
And the shakiest one of all, a full-sized female statue in the Vatican museum that I have very tentatively identified as Sabina, Hadrian's empress.
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