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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

02/01/2019, 15:38

#romeisus, #rome, #roma, #romanempire, #archeology, #romanart, #art



MARBLE-BUST-OF-COMMODUS


 The Capitoline Museums are one of the best archeological museums of Rome, a place where you can get in touch with the real Roman art...



A marble bust depicting #Commodus, afamous emperor who wanted to show how he could be strong and proud, host in the fantastic #CapitolineMuseums. We are at the end of the II century AD, in some degree the end of the goldenn age of Rome, and the beginning of a hard time for the Romans who, at the III century AD, lived an unpleasant and dark time. A period in which murdereds and dead emperorsstarted to be something usual. The Romans started to loose their leadership, and it was the beginning of the fall of #Rome... but before this not good time, at the end of the II century AD, Rome came from a good period, and sometimes emperors used to underline that thanks to the art. Imagine how the ancient Roman #art and style was basically civil, public and used for propaganda purposes. As for the modern TVs or social media, the Roman emperors must display themselves and their skills, must depict how they could be the real and wealthy leaders who can lead Rome defeating the enemies. And here this emperor, Commodus, would like to strongly underline how he should be the best guy for the Roman! Why? Simply because he is depicted as Hercules, the most famous ancient Greek and Roman demi God! He, thanks to his deeds, became symbol of strenght and, in some degree, immortality. For an ancient Roman it was easy to understand that Commodus is like Hercules: there is the "leonté", the lion skin above his head, the famous club (the most favourite weapon used by Hercules), or some apples on his left hands (the Esperidi, some magic fruits took by Hercules during one of his deeds). But this fine marble bust is more elaborated...try to see the base, where you can find a globe with some symbols of the Zodiac flanked by two (today ony one is left) Amazons on their knees. And then try to see the proud face of Commodus, a face that is his real portrait! One of the most important elements of the ancient Roman art is the realism and naturalism, mainly of the faces. As a sort of Instagram Profile, the ancient Romans must display themselves as they really like, in order to be recognized and remembered (this concept was usefull especially for the wealthy men and politicians). So, do you see how many things just in one marble bust? #romeisus, #art, #archeology, #marble, #RomanEmpire


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