Veristic Sculpture and Ancestor portraits
Picture → Rostra, ca. 44 BC, reconstruction by “digitales
forum romanum” project
- Pliny the Elder wrote an encyclopedia.
- He died in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius
Quote (about natural history, in the textbook):
- Kings expelled from rome in 509 BC
- Harmodius and Aristogeiton (first publicly
displayed and dedicated statue)
- The romans had copies of this statue in Italy, well known in Pliny's time
Roman Statues (100 BC)
- Aulus Metellus/The Arringatore - a roman magistrate, and he has his arm raised in the
gesture that he's about to start a speech. Statues like this (not this in particular) are what
are setup on the rostra who gave great services to the state.
- The romans sometimes had a less defined line between public and private _____ (?) Polybius: (what was the point of this whole passage)
- He was an eyewitness to many events he retold
- Kind of a mannequin with a head on top of the earlier relatives is carried into the funeral
- He thinks the reason behind this: the chief advantage is, that by the hope of obtaining
this honorable fame, which is reserved for virtue, the young men are animated to sustain
all danger, in the cause of the common safety.
- Body is carried in procession, to the ROSTRA in the FORUM. Sometimes the body was
posted in a reclining position, but it was mostly in an upright position on the rostra.
Someone from his kindred would ascend the rostra and extol the virtues of the dead (the
great things he did in his life)
- Buried with usual rites and a image of the person is made a shrine in their family home
- Different colour robes were assigned for their role in society
Comparing Augustus Prima Porta to Aulus
- Classical mouth
- The brows on augustus are stern
- Aulus has more hellenistic details with details of furrows/wrinkles - Aulus style is Verism, Veristic