“He was devoted to pleasure, too care-free, and very clever, within proper bounds, at every kind of frolic, sport, and raillery” - Historia Augusta
Lucius Aurelius Verus (130 -169 CE) was Roman emperor from 161 until his death in 169, alongside his adoptive brother Marcus Aurelius. The senate had wanted Marcus Aurelius to rule alone, but he insisted that his adoptive brother be granted imperial powers too. This was the first time that the Roman Empire was ruled by multiple emperors, though after this it became increasingly common. Most of Verus’s reign was taken up by commanding the Roman armies in the Parthian War, which ended in victory for Rome. After his death in 169, he was deified by the Roman Senate as the Divine Verus.
The original of this handsome bust was unearthed in excavations in Rome, and is now housed in the Louvre museum, Paris. A fine copy from antiquity can also be seen at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire.
This faithful replica is made in Staffordshire using over 90% natural Carrara marble. Each copy is dry cast and then finished by hand, giving it both the look and feel of an original.
Small: 24 x 11 x 11 cm
Large: 55cm tall
This item has proved incredibly tricky to photograph against a white background - please see final image for an extreme close-up of the marble's actual colour and texture.