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After Augustus: The Age Of Bronze

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Augustus made provisions for adding bronze statues to the marble galleries of his Forum, though it is not absolutely clear whether they were to be added immediately upon the opening of the Forum in 2BCE or rather, more realistically, only after his decease. In addition to a number of general statements about widespread gifts of triumphal ornaments, we are in possession of some two dozen or so specific instances from Tiberius to Trajan, no doubt far less than the original sum total, and one suspects space would not have sufficed if the donation of statues would have followed as a matter of course. Women also figured among the ancestors of the Iulii in the Forum. Both the well- attested abundance of statues of women of the Imperial house and in particular their appearance on the coinage of the time make the assumption of their presence in the Forum fairly well-founded.

Keywords: Augustus; Forum Augustum; Tiberius; Trajan



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