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Title: A Roman Emperor of the Third Century AD from the Forte delle Saline (Orbetello, Tuscany)
Author(s): HEIJNEN, Sam , IANNANTUONO, Ketty
Journal: BABESCH
Volume: 96    Date: 2021   
Pages: 139-150
DOI: 10.2143/BAB.96.0.3289464

Abstract :
In 1850, a marble statue of a Roman emperor was found on the estuary of the river Albegna, in the area of Forte delle Saline, nearby the village of Albinia (Orbetello, Tuscany). After its discovery, the statue was transferred to the villa of the Grand Duke of Tuscany in Alberese, nearby Grosseto, where it is still conserved today. A study of the statue was first published in the 1980s by Giulio Ciampoltrini. Although the statue has been sporadically mentioned in archaeological and historical publications, it is still relatively unknown. In this article, we present a detailed description of the statue accompanied by new photographical documentation, as well as a biography of the object’s modern history. Our aim is not to offer a new interpretation on the identity of the subject, but to draw attention to some aspects that have hitherto gone unnoticed in archaeological publications.

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