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Statue of Augustus from Prima Porta
Augustus, Roman emperor,
Velitrae (Velletri) 23.9.63 BC –
Nola 19.8.14 AD.

Statue of Augustus from Prima Porta.

(Partial view).
From the Villa Livia near Prima...
Vergil reads from his 6th book of Aeneis
Following the assassination of Julius Caesar in 44BC, his adoptive son Octavian's political ambition came to the fore. Taking the name Augustus, he ended a century of civil war and became sole ruler, thereby establishing the Julio-Claudian dynasty and empire.

Images of Augustus filled his empire and continued to inspire artists for centuries after his death.
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