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Bust of Commodus as Hercules

This incredibly well-preserved bust of Commodus was found in the Horti Lamiani on the Esquiline Hill in 1874 and is now part of the Capitoline Museum. In this portraiture, Commodus, who was fond of Hercules, takes up the guise of Hercules.

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

This bust is located at the Musei Capitolini at Piazza del Campidoglio, 1, 00186 Roma RM. It depicts Emperor Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, as the hero Hercules. Commodus is depicted draped in a lion skin, with a club in one hand, and apples in the other — all traditional symbols associated with Hercules. Commodus wished to conflate himself with…

Portrait Head of the Emperor Domitian Idealized as Hercules

The bust depicts the Emperor Domitian in the guise of Hercules, the Greek mythical hero who was worshipped as a god by the Romans. Instead of the typical lion’s pelt usually associated with depictions of Hercules, the emperor is depicted wearing Hercules’ heavy wreath composed of acanthus, poplar or grape leaves. The bust is in relatively good…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

This bust depicts Emperor Commodus as Hercules and can be found in the Capitoline Museum. It is very clear that the Emperor intended to be portrayed as Hercules because besides the well-known masculine features of the demigod, Commodus is shown wearing the skin of the Nemean lion, one of the seven [JWO: twelve] labours of Hercules. He is also…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, ruled from 180 to 192 AD, and is depicted here as Hercules, the demigod who accomplished 12 labors to achieve immortality, and is seen surrounded by the objects from the labors. He is seen wearing the lion skin while holding a club in his right hand and the golden apples of Hesperides in his left hand. In addition,…

Bust of Medusa

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This 17th century bust by Bernini is a rare sculpture of Medusa that captured the moment of her transformation from a beautiful woman to the monster that she is later frequently depicted as. This bust masterfully reproduced the feeling of fear, agony, and confusion that must be present at the moment. The bust is now located in the Capitoline…

Portrait of Augustus

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This marble portrait bust dating around 27 BC-14 AD depicts the emperor Augustus (Octavian).

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Found in the 19th century, this well-preserved bust of Commodus (emp. AD 180-192) depicts him as the Greek hero Hercules. Emperor Commodus wears a lion's skin (representing the Nemean lion from Hercules' first labor) and holds the hero's club in his right hand and the golden apples of Hesperides (from the twelfth labor) in his left hand. The bust…

Bust of the Emperor Commodus as Hercules

A marble bust of the Emperor Commodus, in the style of Hercules. He bears symbols from the myth of Hercules: on his head is the skin of a lion, representing the Nemean lion from the First Labor; in his left hand he carries two apple - the apples of Hesperides from the Eleventh Labor. The club in his right hand is also a symbol of Hercules.…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Late 2nd century AD bust that depicts the Emperor Commodus in the guise of the famous god Hercules (Roman name for the Greek god Heracles, who was the son of the King of the gods Zeus). The bust is currently housed in the Capitoline Museum.