Constantine Emperor Roman bust
Flavius Valerius Constantinus
* on 27 February between 272 and 285 in Naissus, Moesia prima, d. 22 may 337 in Anchyrona, a suburb of Nicomedia.
Rome at the time of Emperor Constantine
In the 3rd century AD, the Roman Empire had fallen into an enormous crisis. From all sides, hostile nations threatened the borders and inside there were repeatedly riots that mostly ended bloody and always brought forth a newly proclaimed soldier emperor. During this time, the Emperor based his entire power on his army, the family relation and descent rapidly lost importance and so there was inevitably unstable leadership. In this environment Emperor Diocletian brought in some significant reforms, from which emerged a new form of domination, the so-called Tetrarchy. As the empire was predominantly Latin in the West and Greek in the East, he devised two Augusti for each part and two Caesar to help those. The idea was that the Caesars would succeed the Augustus once one died.
- Height of the bust 14cm
- Cast hardened Alabaster plaster
Constantine the Great
In these troubled times, the later emperor Constantine was born in the last decades of the 3rd century AD at York. Since the year 306 AD, he took an active part in the Government of the Empire - and shaped the future of his people as never before another. In the battle at the Milvic bridge in 312 AD, he defeated his co-Emperor Maxentius and claimed that he had a divine Christian revelation. And he actively moved from a Roman world of Gods to the new God of Christianity. Whether Emperor Constantine already may or may not have felt attracted to the Christian religion before the battle, it is clear that his move towards Christianity went hand in hand with him establishing his own autocracy 324 AD.
Replica of the portraits of Emperor Constantine
When you visit the Capitoline museums in Rome, you will admire the original portrait of Emperor Constantine from which our replica is made. In the small courtyard, which forms the entrance to the museums, the huge head of the most famous monumental statue of the entire Roman Empire welcomes the visitor. Hardly a visitor will manage to avert his eyes quickly from this impressive masterpiece of late antique sculpture. But no photo can capture the unique charisma of Emperor Constantine.
Emperor Constantine’s bust
The replica of the monumental portrait of Emperor Constantine is much handier to see at home: the 14 cm high hardened Alabaster marble head fits perfectly on any desk.
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