When I was in the Vatican Museum in Rome and the The Louvre in Paris there were several statues of various Roman emperors. I took some pictures that I thought would be worth sharing here. It was a bit odd that I could not find one of Caligula or Nero. I guess not every emperor was easy to remember.
Now here’s an interesting thing. Domitian is most usually depicted with a narrower face and long nose; Google ‘Domitian Louvre’ and you will see what I mean.
Then compare this Domitian with your Titus, and look at the giant head of ‘Domitian’ in the Ephesus museum. What do you notice…?
I may not be the first to mention this but Julius Caesar was never Emperor
@Ian: I found a picture where his nose is smashed off. Is that the one your mentioning?
@Andrew: True, but it was easier than writing “and Julius Caesar”. 🙂 He was consider a dictator, not an emperor, right?
So is that little figure next to Julius Caesar’s leg his “mini-me”?
It seems that Julius Caesar, Caesar Augustus, and Titus were all self-conscious about their bodies. I mean, the others are pretty ripped; I’d want to wear a shirt if a statue was ever made of me.
I forgot what that statue is and my picture of the info card didn’t turn out. 😦
Did anyone else laugh at the facial expression found on the Titus statue?
Yes, the one in the Ephesus museum labelled ‘Domitian’ which most commentators adduce as evidence that Domitian was a persecutor.
But it is not him, it is of Titus–though Domitian erected it.
@Ryan: His smirk seems like he is up to something or pondering something awkward. It is funny.
@Ian: Interesting. Why do commentators usually misattribute it?
Weight of interpretative tradition. It’s got a label on it in the museum! I found this through Steven Friesen’s book on archaeology and Revelation, but he cites someone (I’m not in my study just now, so cannot cite) who has studied this in depth–and some time ago too.
Do you think the Titus face was vandalized or that it just fell apart? If vandalized, did anyone in particular dislike Titus?
The picture you have labelled “Julius Caesar” is actually Augustus. It’s a very famous statue known as the Augustus of Prima Porta, after the location where it was found.
Bill, you are right! My picture of the identification card did not come out so I mislabeled it. Good catch.
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