Friday, April 29, 2011

Augustus Caesar

From the Augustus of Prima Porta statue, 1st century A.D.  Vine and compressed charcoal in my sketch book.  Augustus is considered the first emperor of the Roman Empire, which he ruled alone from 27 BC until his death in AD 14.  Born Gaius Octavius Thurinus, he was adopted posthumously by his great-uncle Gaius Julius Caesar in 44 BC via his last will and testament, and between then and 27 BC was officially named Gaius Julius Caesar. In 27 BC the Senate awarded him the honorific Augustus ("the revered one"), and thus consequently he was Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus.

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