Portraits of Emperor Claudius
Preceded by (and uncle of) Caligula
Succeeded by Nero
Father of Claudia Octavia
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|Born Tiberius Claudius
Drusus Nero Germanicus on August 1, 10 BC. Became Tiberius Claudius
Caesar Augustus Germanicus upon his accession on January 24, 41. Died
October 13, 54 CE.
1-3: Quercia corona style head of Claudius. Naples Archaeological Museum inv. 6060.
4-6: Claudius as divus, slightly larger than life. The head is obviously not related to the torso, which is likely that of Augustus. Excavated in 1846 from Caere. From a group of about ten portraits . Vatican Inv. 9950.
7-9: Claudius recut from Caligula. Centrale Montemartini inv. 2443. The right side of this head (not shown here) has the most obvious remnants of Caligula's hair style. Remnants of Caligula's hair curls on the back of his neck are clearly visible (Varner, 2004, p.26).
10-12: Claudius as Jupiter from Lanuvium. Vatican inv. 243.
15,16: Head of a statue reworked into a bust. Vatican inv. 2287. Probably from the forum at Privernum. Found in 1796 along with a related portrait of Tiberius (Vat. inv. 1511)
17-19: Colossal head of Claudius recut from Caligula. Vatican Inv. 242. Head .78 m. high. Found in excavations of Ocriculum around 1780.
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