Trajan Places: Establishing Identity and Context for the Bosham and Hawkshaw Heads.

Russell, M. and Manley, H., 2015. Trajan Places: Establishing Identity and Context for the Bosham and Hawkshaw Heads. Britannia.

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DOI: 10.1017/S0068113X15000136

Abstract

Two damaged, weathered marble portraits, both discovered in the 1780s at opposite ends of Roman Britain, one at Bosham in West Sussex, the other at Hawkshaw in Peeblesshire, are here re-examined and identified as portraits of the emperor Trajan. The Bosham head is interpreted as a post-mortem image of the deified Trajan set up at the margins of Chichester Harbour, probably during the visit to Britain by the emperor Hadrian in the early a.d. 120s. The Hawkshaw portrait of Trajan appears to have been refashioned from a likeness of Domitian and may originally have been part of a monument created to celebrate and commemorate the total conquest of Britain, in the early a.d. 80s, which was decapitated and buried during a period of unrest on the northern frontier.

Item Type:Article
ISSN:0068-113X
Uncontrolled Keywords:Bosham ; Domitian ; Hawkshaw ; identity ; imperial portraiture ; Roman sculpture ; Trajan
Subjects:UNSPECIFIED
Group:Faculty of Science and Technology
ID Code:22352
Deposited By: Unnamed user with email symplectic@symplectic
Deposited On:18 Aug 2015 10:43
Last Modified:05 Jan 2016 10:37

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