Friday, October 9, 2009

Tiberius at Emirita Augusta

This Saturday, I visited the exhibition 'Konflikt' at Kalkriese and 'Imperium' at the Seestadthalle in Haltern am See (Germany). The exhibitions commemorated the Varus battle, at 9 AD. The Imperium exhibition showed numerous and splendid Roman art of that era. Among these a statue of Emperor Tiberius (42 BC-37AD), once part of the scaenae frons of the theater at Merida, Spain. This statue still has the late republican touch and shows physical strength, energy and charisma. The characteristics are found at the early statues of Octavian. Only after the development of the "Prima Porta" representation of Augustus, a clear division between the princeps and normal people was established.

The Roman Imperial cult identified emperors and some members of their families with the divinely sanctioned authority of the Roman State. The framework for Imperial cult was formulated during the early Principate of Augustus, and was rapidly established throughout the Empire and its provinces, with marked local variations in its reception and expression. Every Roman theater was decorated with members of the Roman imperial family. This high quality statue, suited the splendour of the theater of Emirita Augusta (Merida).

1 comment:

  1. very fortunate to visit these sites. The loss of Varus legions remains a fascinating subject


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