MONUMENTAL ANTIQUE TERRACOTTA ROMAN EMPEROR BUST SCULPTURE BY REVERED ITALIAN MASTER PAOLO MARIONI. THIS INCREDIBLE WORK DEPICTS THE GREAT AUGUSTUS CAESAR, AKA OCTAVIAN, UNDOUBTEDLY ONE OF THE GREATEST EMPERORS OF ANCIENT ROME.COMPRISED OF TERRACOTTA PARTIALLY GLAZED IN MARBLE OPTICS. ENGRAVED SIGNATURE, PAOLO MARIONI MADE IN ITALY. DIMENSIONS: 74" H x 24" W x 12 D. 35" H x 24" W x 12 D. DIMENSIONS: BASE ONLY 39" H x 15" W. CONDITION REPORT: 3 TINY CHIPS ON THE COLUMN BASE AS SHOWN. THE DARKEN ROUND BASE PORTION WAS REPAIRED AT SOME POINT, POSSIBLY FROM CHIPS. THE ACTUAL BUST AND BODY ARE PERFECT. AUGUSTUS CAESAR DIES AFTER RULING AS THE FIRST EMPEROR OF ROME. Augustus Caesar, also known as Octavian, was undoubtedly one of the most extraordinary emperors of Ancient Rome.
After decades of turmoil and internal strife, the Roman Republic had finally come to an end with the dictatorship of Julius Caesar. Augustus was the nephew and adopted son of Julius Caesar and was widely believed to be his heir apparent. Following Caesar's assassination, the republic was once again thrown into disarray. After hunting down the conspirators at the Battle of Philippi, Octavian formed a political alliance with Mark Antony and Marcus Lepidus.The political arrangement, now known as the Second Triumvirate, saw the three leading Caesareans co-rule over the empire for a short period. The alliance was shaky at best, as Mark Antony and Octavian quickly sought to gain complete control. In 31 BCE, Octavian decisively defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the Battle of Actium, resulting in their eventual demise. He quickly moved to consolidate his power across the vast empire. Augustus pronounced the beginning of a free and open republic, but in reality, he maintained the same autocratic rule as Julius Caesar.
However, Augustus masterfully portrayed the Senate as the leading governmental institution. He outwardly rejected monarchical titles and referred to himself as the First Citizen of the State. Over the next few years, he carefully crafted a new political framework that placed him at the center of power. In many respects, Augustus was the most influential man to ever rule over the Roman Empire. Throughout his 44-year reign, he made several sweeping political, military, and cultural reforms.The empire's borders significantly expanded after he annexed Egypt and other territories across North Africa. He also launched invasions into Germania and completed the conquest of Hispania. He established a secure frontier with massive fortification programs and alliances with several buffer states. Government coffers were finally restored after implementing several taxation reforms. His reign marked the beginning of Pax Romana, a two-hundred-year period of relative peace and stability. This item is in the category "Art\Art Sculptures". The seller is "vintagerotty" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States, Canada.