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Theoretical Reconstruction of the Mausoleum of Augustus

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Title

Theoretical Reconstruction of the Mausoleum of Augustus

Description

The Mausoleum of Augustus was one of the first buildings commissioned by the Emperor Augustus after he secured a political victory over Marc Antony. Upon completion and long after, it was reported to be one of largest and most noteworthy buildings in Ancient Rome. Contemporary Greek geographer, Strabo of Amasia, writes the monument was dotted with trees and had a bronze statue at the top as well as two pink granite obelisks at the base. With the mausoleum in ruins and the obelisks placed elsewhere, Etienne Dupérac was inspired to reconstruct the Mausoleum of Augustus drawing from written observations at the time of the emperor.

Creator

Mausoleum commissioned by Augustus, reconstruction drawn by Etienne Dupérac

Source

The British Museum Online Collection

Date

28 BC

Contributor

Lauren Telesz

Rights

The British Museum

Format

Interior of concrete, tufa, and travertine with bronze statues; exterior of brick and earth with granite obelisks at base

Type

tomb, mausoleum, commemorative monument

Geolocation