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The Meroe Head of emperor Augustus

Updated: Sep 12


The Meroe Head or head of Augustus from Meroe is a larger-than-life-size bronze head depicting the first Roman emperor, Augustus, that was found in the ancient Nubian site of Meroe in modern Sudan in 1910. It is now part of the British Museum's collection. It was looted from Roman Egypt in 24 BCE by the forces of Queen (Kandake/Kandaka) Amani Renas of Kush and brought back to Meroe where it was buried beneath the staircase of a temple. The placing of the emperor's head below the shrine's steps was designed to symbolically denigrate the reputation of Augustus in the eyes of the Meroitic aristocracy and Kushite Queen Amani Renas. (Ref:Wikipedia)

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