This handsome marble bust of Caesar is made in Staffordshire using over 90% natural Carrara marble - please see final image for an extreme close-up of the marble's actual colour and texture. Each copy is dry cast and then finished by hand, giving it both the look and feel of an original.
Arguably one of the most influential men who ever lived, Gaius Julius Caesar (100 - 44 BCE) was by turns a politician, military tactician, writer, orator, and dictator. After gaining power in the first triumvirate along with Pompey and Crassus as a populist politician, he cemented his power by his stunning military prowess, including the first invasion of the barbarous Britain and the Gallic wars. He wrote up his campaigns himself in De Bello Gallico, and was acknowledged by Cicero to be one of the finest orators and writers of his time. On his victorious return to Italy, he defied the Senate and his now-rival Pompey by bringing his troops across the Rubicon, which sparked the bloody civil war which would end with Caesar as “dictator in perpetuum”; ruler for life. Though still popular with the Roman people, most senators feared the Republic could never be restored while he lived, and he was assassinated by a group led by Brutus and Cassius on the Ides of March, 44 BCE. But it was too late for the Republic, and Caesar’s heir, Octavian (later Augustus Caesar) continued the dynasty that would rule the Roman Empire for years to come.
44 x 27 x 17 cm
Base size 14 x 14 cm.