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Commodus as Hercules

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This portrait bust illustrates Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius, as Hercules. It was discovered in the underground chambers of the Horti Lamiani (Lamian Gardens) on top of the Esquiline Hill in 1874. Now located in the Capitoline Museums, the bust was presumably commissioned in AD ~192 by Commodus. In it, Commodus is adorned with elements of…

Commodus as Hercules

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Currently housed in the Capitoline Museums, this bust depicts the emperor Commodus as the mythological hero Hercules, shown with the lion's mane, club, and apples typically associated with the hero. This connection between Commodus and Hercules was intentionally made by Commodus, who saw himself as a reincarnation of the deified hero. This was most…

Commodus as Hercules

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This bust depicts the emperor Commodus as Hercules with the mythological god's trademark lion skin, club, and Hesperidean apples. Throughout his reign, Commodus associated himself with the hero, either to gain popular attention or adulation as the incarnation of the god. The bust is currently housed at the Capitoline Museums.

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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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…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Currently housed in the Capitoline Museums, this marble bust depicts the Emperor Commodus as Hercules. It is carved in the typical 2nd century A.D. style, exemplified by Commodus's long hair and beard with deep drilling. The lion skin over Commodus's head, club in his right hand, and apples in his left hand are all attributes of Hercules.

Commodus as Hercules

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Commodus as Hercules is a bust of Emperor Commodus that had him depicted as the mythological figure Hercules (originally a Greek hero Heracles, the Romans would adopt him into their culture). Commodus identified himself with Hercules during his reign, presumably to associate himself with strength and godliness. Here Commodus takes the association…

Triumphal Marcus Aurelius Relief

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The relief depicting the triumphal procession of Marcus Aurelius over the Germanic peoples he fought against is part of a set of three that depict the full procession, taken from the triumphal arch of Marcus Aurelius erected by his son Commodus in 176 AD [JWO: neither builder nor location of this arch is securely known; Marcus died in 180 AD]. The…

Commodus as Hercules or The Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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The statue of Commodus depicting himself as the classical Hercules is currently located in the Capitoline Museums. Commodus is likening himself to Hercules, the figure he most identified and associated himself with during his reign. There is debate, however, regarding if Commodus saw himself as the reincarnation of Hercules or just wanted to…

Column of Marcus Aurelius

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The column was commissioned by Commodus (Marcus Aurelius's son) potentially to further legitimize his own rule. The column was modeled after Trajan's Column and is a Roman victory column in Piazza Colonna/the northern part of Campus Martius. It commemorates Marcus Aurelius's military campaigns. The column's relief depicts the story of Marcus…

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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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…