I am fascinated with the amazing history, inventions, and accomplishments of this era.
After Augustus (reigned 27 BC-AD 14) consolidated Roman power and established what became known as the Roman Empire, he attempted to re-create the grandeur of classical Athens in Rome. In his monuments, Augustus copied timeless Greek models with ideal forms. This portrait of Augustus combines the elements of an individualized likeness with the smooth, youthful appearance of a god. (http://art.thewalters.org/detail/767/portrait-of-emperor-augustus/)
Bust of Marcus Aurelius from the Musée Saint-Raymond. Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus, 26 April 121–17 March 180, was Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.
A ROMAN SPLASHED GLASS AMPHORA CIRCA 1ST CENTURY A.D. Transparent aubergine in color, free blown, the surface embellished with applied opaque white, yellow and blue patches, then further inflated, the ovoid body on a slightly concave base, with a cylindrical neck and flaring mouth, the rim folded in, and twin cobalt blue handles 4¼ in. (10.8 cm.) high
Euterpe: Euterpe, Muse of lyric poetry and Music. From the Villa of G. Cassius Longinus near Tivoli. About 2nd century CE. Rome Vatican Museums The “Sala delle Muse”, “Muses’ hall” at the museum, houses the seven statues found in the ruins of Caius Cassius Longinus’ Villa near Tivoli. These sculpures represent Apollo kitharoidos and six Muses: Melpomene, Talia, Urania, Clio ,Calliope Euterpe.