Statue of boy’s head may be that of a young Nero

Published on October 2nd, 2009 | by Admin


Archaeologists have found a statue of a boy’s head that they believe might be a depiction of a young Nero, one of the most hated Roman Emperors.

The head found at Fishbourne Roman Palace, West Sussex, will undergo a 3D scan to see if it is a rare marble statue of Emperor Nero as a young boy.

If it is, it would be only the third surviving piece of its kind in the world.

Every other depiction of him was destroyed when he committed suicide after being declared an enemy of the state in AD 68.

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One Response to Statue of boy’s head may be that of a young Nero

  1. I fear the good professors are confused by the name of Nero Claudius Drusus. The statue bust identified as Nero Claudius Drusus in the Louvre is in fact Drusus the Elder (Nero Claudius Drusus Germanicus). The emperor Nero’s full name is Nero Claudius Caesar Drusus Germanicus. It is easy to get them confused. The tragedy would be for the academic team to scan both – only to be scanning two completely different people! I have written to the The News (Portsmouth) and Sussex Archaeological Trust pointing out the possible mistake.
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