This bronze head of the Roman emperor Augustus…

This bronze head of the Roman emperor Augustus was once part of a larger-than-life size statue that stood in the ancient city of Meroë, now in modern-day Sudan. Made between 27 and 25 BC, the statue was probably broken up by an invading Kushite army in 25 BC, and the head was seized as a trophy. It was excavated lying face down beneath the steps to a shrine – so that worshippers would trample over it, showing their contempt for the Roman empire. [The British Museum] #history #rome #ancienthistory #romanempire #augustus