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Young woman holding a stylus and a booklet of wax tablets, Imperial Roman Fourth Style wall painting, “Sappho” from house in Pompeii

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Gaius Julius Ceaser played a critical role in the gradual transformation of the Roman Republic into the Roman Empire.

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Detail of a marble Bust of Athena, c. 2nd century AD, courtesy Art Institute of Chicago (photo by Erika Dufour) _

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Sculpture vs. Painting

The Augustus of Prima Porta, a statue of Augustus Caesar found in the villa of his wife Livia.

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Trajan’s column, marble. Rome, Italy. 113 A.D. Commemorating Roman emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars, completed in 113 AD.

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Roman Mosaic of a Stork, Villa Silene, near Leptis Magna, Libya - Mosaico romano di una cicogna ( © Libyan Soup, Flickr ) #bird #uccello #libia

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Lamb of God mosaic from the vault of the presbytery of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, building began in 527 AD. Photo Nick Thompson

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