Trajan

Roman

replica: from the Louvre, Paris

date of the original: 98-117 AD

provenance of the original: discovered in the Albini collection, Rome; now in the Louvre, Paris

description: Bust to mid-chest including shoulders; mounted on a pedestal. Plaster replica; Luna marble original. On base: height 70 cm, width 54 cm, depth 27 cm.

The emperor Trajan (see: Coins of Trajan) appears gentle, wise, humble and sedate because of the Classical simplicity with which he appears here--or because we have been told of his characteristics by ancient sources. The latter do influence one’s judgement, but the emperor does seem to have been as poised as the manner in which he is expressed.

Trajan’s ethos and his style certainly seem to correspond. He was considered an exceptional emperor, having the personal qualities of simplicity and modesty. He was a natural leader and a favourite with the army and the senatorial classes. His economical adminstration and humanitarian social policies made him generally popular.

(See also: Livia; Gaius or Lucius Caesar; Hannibal.)