Marble statue of a togatus (man wearing a toga)

Period: Augustan

Date: 1st century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble

Dimensions: H. 72 in. (182.9 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Gift of John D. Crimmins, 1904

Accession Number: 04.15

Description

This man wears a tunic and over it a toga, the most characteristic Roman dress. The toga, a length of woolen cloth with rounded edges, had been the traditional garment of the Romans for centuries, but by the late first century B.C., it was declining in popularity. As part of his effort to revive ancient values and customs, the emperor Augustus made the toga a sort of unofficial state dress that all citizens were required to wear in the forum. A cylindrical leather box for scrolls, represented at the feet of this figure, identify him as a man engaged in public business. A portrait head and arms were carved separately and added.

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