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Roman culture developed in stages: first as a monarchy, then a republic, and finally an empire. The arts were effectively used to support the idea of community, citizenship, and centralized power throughout these changes and as Roman territory rapidly expanded. Portraits of rulers, for instance, propagated the idea of benevolent authority to the far reaches of the Roman world. The museum's collection includes fascinating examples of this propaganda, from exquisitely carved marble busts to coins. Other fine art objects highlight Roman religious beliefs and aspects of daily life.

Roman
Portrait Bust of Emperor Septimius Severus
Imperial period, ca. 201–211 AD
Marble
H. 30 5/16 in. (77.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.33.1

Roman
Portrait Bust of Empress Julia Domna
Imperial period, ca. 201–211 AD
Marble
H. 26 9/16 in. (67.5 cm.)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 75.33.2

Roman or Parthian, said to be from Emesa (modern Homs), Syria
Glazed Storage Jar (Amphora) with Serapis
2nd–3rd century AD
Glazed terracotta
H. 12 3/16 in. (32.0 cm.),
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Mrs. Nicholas H. Noyes, 71.102

Roman
Portrait of a Young Man
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
Marble
H. 11 3/4 in. (29.8 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 75.33.4

Roman, probably made in Arretium (Italy)
Footed Bowl with Winged Musicians
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
Terracotta, glaze
H. 7 1/8 in. (18.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 79.9.6

Romano-Egyptian
Head of a Man
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
Basalt
H. 8 1/4 in. (21.0 cm) x W. 6 1/4 in. (15.9 cm) x D. 8 in. (20.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 63.45

Roman
Mosaic Bowl
1st century BC–1st century AD
Glass
H. 1 5/8 in. (4.2 cm), diam. 3 11/16 in. (9.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.35.71

Roman
Cinerary Urn with Single Chamber
Republican or Julio-Claudian (Early Imperial) period, 1st century AD
Marble
H. 15 1/2 in. (39.4 cm), L. 13 9/16 in. (34.5 cm), W. 11 1/16 in. (28.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Evan F. Lilly Memorial, Gift of Thomas T. Solley, 80.49

Roman
Portrait Bust of Woman
Imperial period, 10-40 AD
Marble
H. 16 9/16 in. (41.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 83.31

Roman
Portrait Bust of Child
Imperial period, 1st century AD
Terracotta
H. 5 1/2 in. (13.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 64.58.8

Roman
Mars
Imperial period, 1st–2nd century AD
Bronze
H. 5 9/16 in. (14.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 78.70

Roman
Lamp with Medusa Head
Imperial period, 1st–2nd century AD
Terracotta
H. 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm), L. 5 3/16 in. (13.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.60.4

Roman
Necklace with Cowrie-Shaped Beads
Imperial period, 2nd century AD
Glass and gold
Necklace: 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (16.51 x 12.06 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 70.46.3

Roman
Perfume Bottle (Unguentarium)
Imperial period, 1st–2nd century AD
Glass
H. 5 7/8 in. (14.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 69.83.19

Roman
Date Flask
Imperial period, 1st–3rd century AD
Glass
H. 2 9/16 in. (6.50 cm.), W. 1/2 in. (3.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 76.35.46

Roman
Engraved Gemstone with Fortuna (Tyche)
Imperial period, 1st century BC–1st century AD
Emerald
L. 5/8 in. (1.5 cm), W. 7/16 in. (1.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 66.32.9

Roman
Engraved Gemstone with Capricorn
Imperial period, 1st century BC–2nd century AD
Carnelian
L. 5/8 in. (1.7 cm), W. 9/16 in. (1.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 66.36.18

Roman
Ring with Engraved Gemstone with Asclepius
Imperial period, 1st–4th century AD
Gold, carnelian
Diam. 15/16 in. (2.4 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 65.87.8

Roman
Cameo with Bust of Bearded Man
Imperial period, 2nd–3rd century AD
Onyx
H. 5/8 in. (1.6 cm), W. 1/2 in. (1.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Burton Y. Berry Collection, 66.35.9

Roman
Fragment of Box (Pyxis) with Revelers
Imperial period, 2nd–4th century AD
Ivory
H. 4 3/16 in. (10.6 cm), w. 3 5/16 in. (8.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, V. G. Simkhovitch Collection, 63.105.89