Note youthful appearance and, as Professor Dunkle pointed, the
An equestrian statue, similar to the one depicted on this
aureus, was voted for Octavian in 43 BCE.
- Equestrian honorific monuments had been erected during the
late Republic as a means of competitive self-aggrandizement; they
deployed ideals of a Greek hero and/or Hellenistic monarch more
than traditional Roman ideals of dignity and service to the state.
- Note for example that Octavian is bare -chested and
sports a Greek-style wrap rather than a Roman toga.
- The type expresses his ability to lead an army (though
not dressed as a Roman general) and his rivalry for power. The
visual image corresponds to a claim that one has 'superhuman'
- Later, Augustus melted down the equestrian statues and put
the silver toward procuring offerings of gold tripods for the
temple of Apollo, but that was after he had eliminated his rivals
and attained sole power. . . .