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Marble portrait of the emperor Augustus Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian Date: ca. A.D. 14–37 Culture: Roman Medium: Marble

Marble portrait of the emperor Augustus Period: Early Imperial, Julio-Claudian Date: ca. A.D. 14–37 Culture: Roman Medium: Marble

The Roman remains and a description of the giant geology-defying building project undertaken by "the best" Roman emperor known as the Trajan Markets.

What Is Considered to Be the First Shopping Mall?

The Roman remains and a description of the giant geology-defying building project undertaken by "the best" Roman emperor known as the Trajan Markets.

It was one of the treasures selected for the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects as the fix-gazed, sole bronze portrait of the Roman emperor Augustus to survive with its original inlaid eyes.  But the Merӧe Head, which has just gone on show in a display telling the story of its violent fate in Egypt almost 2,000 years ago, was once the subject of crushing humiliation rather than hushed admiration from its public.

It was one of the treasures selected for the British Museum’s A History of the World in 100 Objects as the fix-gazed, sole bronze portrait of the Roman emperor Augustus to survive with its original inlaid eyes. But the Merӧe Head, which has just gone on show in a display telling the story of its violent fate in Egypt almost 2,000 years ago, was once the subject of crushing humiliation rather than hushed admiration from its public.

Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Roman statue (marble), 2nd century AD, (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore).

Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Roman statue (marble), 2nd century AD, (Walters Art Museum, Baltimore).

Augustus is considered the first emperor of the Roman Empire, which he ruled alone from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

Augustus is considered the first emperor of the Roman Empire, which he ruled alone from 27 BC until his death in 14 AD.

Portrait of Severus Alexander  CG 27480 Cairo Antiquity Museum  Material: White Marble Size: Height: 23 cm Location: Luxor Excavation: The Antquities Service Excavations of 1891Roman Period, Reign of Alexander Severus (222-235 AD)

Portrait of Severus Alexander CG 27480 Cairo Antiquity Museum Material: White Marble Size: Height: 23 cm Location: Luxor Excavation: The Antquities Service Excavations of 1891Roman Period, Reign of Alexander Severus (222-235 AD)

Statue of Livia from the Villa of Mysteries. Detail. Marble. Late 1st century B.C. — early 1st century A.D.

Statue of Livia from the Villa of Mysteries. Detail. Marble. Late 1st century B.C. — early 1st century A.D.

Portrait head of Emperor Constantine I, ca. 324–337; Constantinian; Late Antique period  Roman  Marble

Portrait head of Emperor Constantine I, ca. 324–337; Constantinian; Late Antique period Roman Marble

Oh Octavian. Is it weird to have a crush on someone who died nearly 2000 years ago?

Oh Octavian. Is it weird to have a crush on someone who died nearly 2000 years ago?

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