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Dean Riley

Just like earlier civilizations associated themselves with their gods in order to elevate themselves, we see Romans associating themselves with previous rulers in order to elevate themselves to the previous rulers popularity. One of the most noted examples of this propaganda is the statue of Augustus of Primaporta. The statue connects itself visually to both the Spear Bearer statue and The Orator statue. The breastplate that Augustus is wearing shows his military prowess, whereas the emblems on the breastplate associates him with leadership. The statue also shows Cupid riding a dolphin at Augustus’ feet to associate him with the gods.