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Bust of Commodus as Hercules

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Title

Bust of Commodus as Hercules

Description

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 the mythological hero. The bust was found in an underground room of Horti Lamiani in the late 19th century, likely hidden by one of Commodus's supporters in order to protect the bust from destruction.

Creator

Unknown.

Source

Taken by self.

Date

180-193 A.D.

Contributor

Mayeesha Galiba

Rights

Public domain

Format

Marble

Type

Portrait bust

Geolocation