My wife and I were in Restoration Hardwire. Everything was half off because this particular store was clearing out its inventory and was moving to a ‘better’ location. This did not mean much for half off at Restoration Hardwire means a $2000 item is now a $1000 item…whoopie [sarcasm]! Anyway most of the stuff already had a SOLD sign on it. I happened to notice that on top of this large piece of furniture was a bust of a man wearing a laurel and the shoulder straps of a lorica segmentata. Nancy saw where I was staring and said, “I bet you can tell me who that is.”
OK, a challenge. Before we left the store I was going to figure it out. It was NOT Caesar. I would know that face anywhere. It was NOT Pompey. Pompey’s bust usually has the feel of looking at a photo of good old Uncle Fred. It was not the youthful visage of Augustus. To my understanding Augustus was depicted as youthful even into old age. For some reason I stopped concentrating on the face. The Laurel around his head seemed slightly stylized, and the straps on his shoulders seemed more ‘cloth-like’ than made from metal. I went back to the face and imagined it with black hair.
“Nancy,” I called out.
After all, the guy wanted to rule the world didn’t he? Why wouldn’t he be depicted as a Caesar?