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The Roman Empire chooses to make their sculptures especiallyportraitures portraits showing mostly their head to shoulder orsometimes the full body heavy with detail and depicting the way oflife rank and importance of the individual This instills knowledgefear and competition to those who want to challenge those that aresculpted or the Roman Empire The amount of details and style varythroughout the Roman Empire however not losing their message beingconveyed to the general public that viewed them wherever they areplaced Ancestry is important to the Romans as it shows how much they elevate insociety and with rank and power The sculptures depict not onlyseparation from the plebeians middle class lower class and slaves butwealth and power within the patricians wealthy landowners and leadersThe sculptures also show the likeness familiar face structure andfeatures of the family A full body sculpture of a patrician in a togaholds his father and grandfathers portraits fig1 The portraits allshow likeness in features to the male In the Roman Republic the subjects of the portraits mostly of oldersenior men are patricians or leaders in the senate literally called thecouncil of seniors It is extremely important the sculptor depictsevery detail and feature of the face A portrait of a patrician showsverism super realism as every wrinkle and fold of his facial structureis captured in the sculpture fig2 This depicts wisdom andachievement instead of seeing a youthful face of new inexperiencedknowledgeThe Greeks did not view only the head and shoulders as a portrait butthe whole body as equally together important The Romans admired theGreek sculptures and bodies While doing this they attach heads ofportraits onto bodies that do not belong to them The sculpture having arealistic face with a smooth youthful body depicts not only theadmiration of the Greek influence but also a heroic power and importantof generals and leaders of the Roman RepublicIn the early 1st century the Roman desire to advertise distinguishedancestry leads to the placement of portraits of illustrious forebears onRepublican coins
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