roman nose

After Augustus defeated Mark Antony and Cleopatra at the battle of Actium in 31BCE, he took possession of Egypt, made it a Roman province, and had a number of statues like this one made of himself and placed throughout the land. These were later looted and carried off by the Kushites and others. Years later this one was excavated in the Sudan in an age where power had shifted so that all roads led to London rather than Rome, hence its presence in the British Museum, and hense its journey to the London being called 'archaeology' rather than 'looting.'

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