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Carole Raddato
published on 07 October 2015

The Great Cameo of France is a five-layered sardonyx cameo divided into three levels which depicts members of the Julio-Claudian dynasty, circa 23 CE.
The Great Cameo of France is the largest cameo to survive from the ancient world. It contains 24 engraved figures. The dead are placed in the upper part, while the middle register represents the world of the living.
Tiberius in the center of the cameo sits on his throne, along with his mother and the wife of Augustus, Livia. The divine Augustus can be recognized in the upper register, with his head veiled and encircled by a radiant crown. (Cabinet des M├ędailles, Paris)

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Carole Raddato
Carole maintains the popular ancient history photo-blog Following Hadrian, where she travels the world in the footsteps of emperor Hadrian.

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