Friday, January 25, 2013

New Head of Julia Found

A new portrait probably of Julia, daughter of Augustus, was excavated at a villa Aranova in Fiumicino, in a villa discovered in December (not the Niobid villa). The initial phase of this monumental villa rustica dates from the later Republican period the first century BC, although there was major renovation in the second century AD; the head was found in a area where food was stored. Because of its scale, archaeologists are speculating that it might have been an Imperial villa.

Fiumicino, torna alla luce il volto di Giulia la figlia dell'imperatore Augusto - Roma - Repubblica.it







5 comments:

Lector Kleinbittersdorf said...
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Joe Geranio said...

I have to disagree with this portrait being Julia? I hate to say this, but here we go again, with a Portrait found and to excite the public, it must be Claudius or everyone's favorite, Gaius Caligula. This is not Julia by hair style alone.

Joe Geranio
JCIA
Julio Claudian Iconographic Association

Dorothy King said...

Don't "hate to say this" - just say it and explain why! Otherwise people don't learn through discussion.

Joe Geranio said...

The the coiffure doesn't match any that we see on Julia's
coin portraits. It does match Livia's hairstyle on a Pergamene coin,
but the face doesn't have Livia's characteristic featues. It could be a
very idealized Livia, or a private individual of the time of Augustus.
I'd guess the latter. I believe just a private individual.

Joe Geranio said...

The the coiffure doesn't match any that we see on Julia's
coin portraits. It does match Livia's hairstyle on a Pergamene coin,
but the face doesn't have Livia's characteristic featues. It could be a
very idealized Livia, or a private individual of the time of Augustus.
I'd guess the latter. I believe just a private individual.

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