A well-preserved, priceless marble head of Octavius Augustus – part of a sculpture from the early Roman period – and a small torso were excavated Friday at Stobi archaeological site, which was visited by Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski together with Culture Minister Elizabeta Kanceska-Milevska and the director of the Department for Cultural Heritage Protection, Pasko Kuzman.
According to its features, the sculpture was intended to immortalize emperors and notable citizens from the first and second century A.D. It was housed in a temple, which was robbed soon after it was demolished in the classical era. […]
via MINA Breaking News – Priceless Roman sculpture excavated in Stobi.
Wish that photo was a bit better … it ‘sort of’ looks like a young Augustus …
4 thoughts on “Head of Augustus from Stobi?”
Not sure. Hard to make out. The heads of Augustus/Octavian usually have thicker streaks of hair, often a fixed number of streaks, plus the typical Augustan “pincers” of hair on the forehead. Here the hair on the forehead doesn’t look right at all, but that could just be due to the angle. We have to wait for better images. At any rate, the counting of the streaks is a common technique to determine if it’s a head of Augustus or not.
Aha! So that ‘s whom Robert Peston reminds me of!
The official channels do not speak of Augustus, e.g. the Macedonian news agency and the Ministry of Culture. They only “assume the head belonged to an emperor or a distinguished citizen that lived in the 1st century A.D.” I suspect that they name-dropped “Augustus” because the prime minister and other politicians visited the site. As the article says, they are pumping millions into their archeological activities, and lo and behold, they find a head of Augustus! Something to bask in, and a perfect find to justify the financing back in parliament. Smells a lot like the fake Caesar head from Arles. But we can’t be sure at the moment.
One more thing: I even think they are incorrect in dating it to the first century AD. The eyes obviously have carved irides, which was (if I recall correctly) an innovation from the middle of the 2nd century AD. (But it’s also possible that they added the irides to an older statue.)