Lego Fun, Vol. XX: The Parthian Arch of Augustus

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  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    My latest architectural study in Lego was created especially for the exhibition "New Media in the Age of Augustus - Power and Media in Ancient Rome" currently shown at the Buccerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg. It is highly recommended:


    The arch was granted to Augustus in 19 BC after he recovered the Aquilae lost in the battle of Carrhae and by Marcus Antonius. It can be reconstructed through detailed numismatic depictions - they show a three-gated ach (probably the first such structure built in Rome) with Augustus riding a chariot surmounting the central attic, flanked by two subjugated Parthians offering him standards over the side gates:


    My Lego recreation is in 1:50 scale:


    As a bonus, you may take a look at some of my other Lego arches at the exhibition until January 11 (if you happen to be in town):


    Sadly I do not have a coin featuring Augustus´ arch, but maybe you can show yours or anything related!
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  3. green18

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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's cool, I am sure that took a lot of work.

    I have no arch but these instead.

    Augustus (27 BC-14 AD)
    AR Tetradrachm
    Syria-Antiochia ad Orontem
    O: KAIΣAPOΣ ΣEB_AΣTOY, Laureate head right
    R: ETOYΣ-ZK-NIKHΣ, Tyche seated right on rocks, palm branch in left hand, river god Orontes swimming right below, YPA monogram, IB / ANT monogram in right field Regnal Year 27 (5/4 BC), COS 12.
    Prieur 51; RPC 4152; McAlee 181
    Ex David Hendin, 2004

    Note: The ZK breaking the reverse legend is the regnal year 27, IB is for consulship 12. Minted in what is possibly the year of the birth of Jesus Christ.

    Augustus, with Agrippa (27. B.C. 14 A.D.)
    GAUL, Nemausus
    Æ As
    O: Heads of Agrippa left, wearing rostral crown and laurel wreath, and Augustus right, wearing oak wreath, back to back. IMP above, DIVI F below.
    R: Crocodile right chained to palm branch with long vertical fronds; above, wreath with long ties, palms below; COL NEM flanking vertical palm.
    Nemausus mint, 9-3 B.C
    RPC I 524; RIC 1 158
  5. cmezner

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  6. tibor

    tibor Supporter! Supporter

    This is quite the HONOR to be featured this way.
    Thanks for sharing. Hopefully you will start a thread
    picturing each of your creations and a brief write up
    of each.
  7. savitale

    savitale Well-Known Member

    That is really cool!
  8. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Thank you! Well I have posted about 20 of them in the past, but there are more in the pipeline :happy:.

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