William Sterling

Image and Portraiture of Augustus – the Meroe Head

I took part in the joint City Lit, University College London and British Museum Annual Classics Study Day at the British Museum on Saturday 1st March 2014 which looked at various aspects of the first Roman emperor Augustus to mark the 2,000th anniversary of his death.  I presented a paper on the Meroe Head and compared it with other bronze heads in the Museum’s collection, looked at how it fitted in with portraiture in the Ancient world in general and the Roman world in particular, how it fitted with the different portrayals of Augustus for private and public consumption and where it fitted in the specific history of Roman Egypt.

A slightly amended version of my paper is attached.

Image and portraiture of Augustus the Meroe Head

These are the slides I used and are referred to in the paper.

Meroe head slides