A Young Charioteer

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Laura Kate C. McCormack
published on 05 June 2024
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Marble bust is of a young, successful, and wealthy charioteer, part of a group of seven busts discovered in 1889 during the construction of Trastevere train station in Rome; located on the eastern slopes of Monteverde Hill, called Horti Caesari in Roman times.

This and the six other busts were found set on marble pillars in a sanctuary sacred to Hercules. Romans considered Hercules to be the protector of victories in sports and competitions. The charioteer is wearing a tunic held on the right shoulder by a clasp, a fibula. The charioteer's hairstyle, with its shaped curls, is inspired by the young Domitian (81-96 CE).

Museo Nazionale Romano, Palazzo Massimo, Rome.

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Laura Kate C. McCormack
I enjoy research and much of my time is spent working on projects and travelling Italy. My main interest is in Roman funerary stones.

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McCormack, L. K. C. (2024, June 05). A Young Charioteer. World History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.worldhistory.org/image/19041/a-young-charioteer/

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