Bronze statue of an aristocratic boy

Period: Augustan

Date: 27 B.C.–A.D. 14

Culture: Roman

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 46 1/2 × 20 × 16 1/2 in., 150 lb. (118.1 × 50.8 × 41.9 cm, 68 kg)
Height (w/ base): 58 in. (147.3 cm)

Classification: Bronzes

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1914

Accession Number: 14.130.1


This life-sized statue was found on the eastern Mediterranean island of Rhodes, whose ancient Greek cities were wealthy, flourishing centers ofcommerce and culture under the Romans. With his broad face and short hair, the boy resembles young princes in the family of Augustus, the first Roman emperor, but he may have been the son of an important Roman official stationed on Rhodes or the son of a wealthy Greek. As Roman influence spread throughout the Mediterranean world, there was interchange of fashion, customs, and culture. Romans had great admiration for Greek culture; the island of Rhodes was famous for its schools of philosophy and rhetoric, and this boy even wears a Greek himation (cloak) instead of the traditional Roman toga.