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It is meaningless to discuss the Imperial Roman portrait outside more general context of hieratic art of the Mediterranean basin.

It is meaningless to discuss the Imperial Roman portrait outside more general context of hieratic art of the Mediterranean basin.

This portrait looks almost iconic, idealized for sure; in fact the x-rays reveal that the artist tried to be realistic in the beginning; but after the first version was submitted to the family, they told the painter to give the old woman a break.

This portrait looks almost iconic, idealized for sure; in fact the x-rays reveal that the artist tried to be realistic in the beginning; but after the first version was submitted to the family, they told the painter to give the old woman a break.

Bowl; Unknown; Egypt; 1st - 2nd century; Agate; 3.8 x 9.1 cm (1 1/2 x 3 9/16 in.); 72.AI.38

Roman agate bowl century CE) found near Koptos (Egypt). Located on the Nile, Koptos was a stop on the trade route that connected the Arabian Sea and the Mediterranean. On display at the Getty Villa.

That famed year-long tour in Greece! The very expression of captive audience comes from it: the doors were locked and everyone adored Nero's singing; a few resourceful Greeks simulated death.

That famed year-long tour in Greece! The very expression of captive audience comes from it: the doors were locked and everyone adored Nero's singing; a few resourceful Greeks simulated death.

"So, put on your wig and let's go to bed!" It turns out that Louis XIV did not invent the wig. The Egyptians did it centuries before; and the reason they introduced wigs was to avoid lice; that is their real hair was shaved off and since most of us look much better with hair than without, wigs were worn as a compromise.

"So, put on your wig and let's go to bed!" It turns out that Louis XIV did not invent the wig. The Egyptians did it centuries before; and the reason they introduced wigs was to avoid lice; that is their real hair was shaved off and since most of us look much better with hair than without, wigs were worn as a compromise.

Suetonius tells us that Octavian Augustus had quick and beautiful eyes, and he liked to stare down his opponents in the Senate, waiting for them to turn their eyes down, as if blinded by the sun, implying that there was something divine in his look, which was very much in agreement with the Roman idea of natural authority.

Suetonius tells us that Octavian Augustus had quick and beautiful eyes, and he liked to stare down his opponents in the Senate, waiting for them to turn their eyes down, as if blinded by the sun, implying that there was something divine in his look, which was very much in agreement with the Roman idea of natural authority.

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Woman, head of Roman scultpure (marble), century AD, (Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, Cremona).

A marble bust of Roman emperor Maximinus I, r. 235-238 CE. (The Vatican Museums, Rome).

A marble bust of Roman emperor Maximinus I, r. (The Vatican Museums, Rome).

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