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Thoracatus

<p>Thoracatus from the Roman theatre in Tarraco, 1st-2nd centuries AD,high imperial period, marble ofLuni-Carrara, 174 x 80 x&nbsp;42 cm</p>

Thoracatus from the Roman theatre in Tarraco, 1st-2nd centuries AD,high imperial period, marble ofLuni-Carrara, 174 x 80 x 42 cm

A thoracatus from the Roman theatre that, together with MNAT 7583 and MNAT 45602, formed part of the decoration of the scaenae frons (monumental façade at the back of the stage). It represents an emperor wearing the armour of a general decorated with geometrical motifs and three snakes (from the head of Medusa).
to the figure may be that of the Emperor Antonius Pius, according to one interpretation which places it in the Antonine era. Other researchers place it in the Flavian period, in which case the three thoracatus sculptures would belong to the Flavian dynasties of Vespasian, Titus and Domitian.

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