Statue of Hadrian as Mars


published on 03 March 2014

This statue depicts Hadrian nude, in the guise of Mars, the god of war. The statue shows characteristics of early versions of Hadrian’s portrait type, indicating that it was sculpted at the beginning of Hadrian’s reign, between 117 and 125 CE. Hadrian was the first emperor to be represented in this manner. (Capitoline Museums, Rome)

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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