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Old Jul 15, 2010, 06:43 PM   #1
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Rare Portrait of Caligula in Bronze from Colchester-Joe Geranio

Here is a photo of Gaius Caligula found in Colchester. This photo is hardly ever taken and is one of maybe 5 small bronzes of Caligula extant. Caligula is seen on a globe. Awkard find in UK, since Caligula never made it there, but Claudius did, maybe some soldier brought it along! Here is an old article in JSTOR on the portrait-
http://www.jstor.org/pss/525743

For more on Gaius Caligula's Physiognomy see:

D. Boschung, "Die Bildnisse des Caligula", GMANN (1989).
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Portraits of Caligula : the seated figure? / Joe Geranio.
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In: The Celator Vol. 21, no. 9 (Sep 2007), p. 6-26 : ill.
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2007

Also see v, Poulsen, "Portraits of Caligula" 1958, pp. 175 acta archaeology abbrev. AA

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Old Jul 16, 2010, 09:07 AM   #2
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He looks like the actor John Hurt.
Didn't Caliqula attempt to invade Britian (at least in the series, "I Claudius") and return with booty of shells? He showed Neptune who was boss. Great cut if I remember right.
The soldiers were happy, they was no fighting.
Anyway, lovely portrait and eye appealing photo.
Thank you for posting.
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Old Jul 16, 2010, 06:48 PM   #3
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You are correct he never did invade, but someone liked Caligula enough to bring him on the Claudian invasion.
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Old Jul 17, 2010, 01:50 PM   #4
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diplomatic relations?

Unless I am mistaken, I seem to remember that between the time of Julius Caesar and Claudius' invasion of Britain, the Romans maintained diplomatic relations with at least some of the British chieftains and not all were hostile to Rome. This small bronze bust might have been a diplomatic gift to such a chieftain. Were there not also Roman or Gallo-Roman traders operating in Britain before Claudius? Again, that could be the source of such a bust.
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This is the first time I've ever seen this image of Caligula... outstanding; thanks much for posting it!
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Old Jul 18, 2010, 11:35 AM   #6
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Caligula small bronze portrait in the round

I have done articles on Caligula and I have known about this portrait and had a bw 81/2 x 11, this is rarely shown or rarely photographed, it is authentic.

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Joe, do you have any dimensions for this bust? I am guessing it is small, perhaps no more than 8 or 10 inches in height?
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Old Jul 19, 2010, 04:53 PM   #8
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I don't because the portrait has never really been published, except in the 1930's. I have been told it is no more than 14"

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Old Mar 23, 2011, 03:16 PM   #9
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colchester

Too bad this photo does not show how beautifl this portrait is. I am going to try and find my 8 1/2 by 11. Soldiers would usually carry these types of portraits with them, unfortuanetly lots of Caligula's were thrown into the Tiber.
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