Justinian The Conqueror ( The Byzantine ) Essay

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Justinian the Conqueror (aka The Emperor Triumphant, Barberini Ivory) is thought to have been created in Constantinople (Byzantine) in the early 6th century. The artist is unknown. It is a diptych panel in five parts. The pieces’ dimensions are: 32.4 cm by 26.8 cm by 2.8 cm deep.
The second piece, Augustus of Primaporta was discovered in1863 at the villa of Augustus’ wife Livia Drusilla, and close to a late Imperial gate called Prima Porta . The artist is unknown. It is a freestanding marble sculpture in Imperial Roman style, circa 15AD, measuring 2.03 meters in height.
The diptych of Justinian depicts him as the triumphant emperor, possibly after concluding a peace treaty with the Persians in 532. Justinian the Great, as he was also known, was a Byzantine (East Roman) Emperor from 527 to 565. Justinian sought to reconquer lost parts of the Roman Empire in the ambitious renovatio imperii, or "restoration of the Empire". There is a fair amount of debate as to who this piece of art actually represents. Some historians believe that it may be the Emperor Anastasius (491-518). For the purposes of this analysis, we will say that it is Justinian.
The statue of Augustus shows him in the contrapposto style, in military regalia, with his right arm outstretched, possibly giving a speech or addressing his troops. Augustus Caesar, born Gaius Octavius in 63 B.C., was Emperor of the Roman Empire from 27 BC to his death in 14 AD, and his reign would begin one of the greatest cultures in the…

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