Virtually explore the Palazzo Massimo alle Terme in Rome with Smarthistory as your guide
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Devout and serene, this portrait of Augustus showcases one of the numerous positions held by the first emperor of ancient Rome—as chief high priest (in Latin: Pontifex Maximus).
Coiled with athletic energy, balance, and the promise of movement, see the potential of an idealized human body.
Look closely to see bloody wounds and a lifetime of scars on this defeated athlete.
Step into a stunning painted garden that gives insight into the flora and fauna of ancient Rome.