Augusta And Akhenaten Analysis

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Augustus of Prima Porta and the House Altar Depicting Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Three of their Daughters both employ symbols and narrative drama to showcase the ruler’s accomplishments and reinforce their right to rule. The statue of Augustus of Prima Porta was made by the Romans in around 15 C.E., during the Imperial Roman Period. The Augustus of Prima Porta statue is a subtractive statue made out of marble. This statue is in contrapposto, a human body with a twisted axis and is a perfect model of symmetria, or cross balance. The function of these techniques was to show perfection. The statue of Augustus of Prima Porta’s function was used as propaganda to make a political statement. The statue shows Augustus wearing his battle gear with a small baby by his foot. Because of Augustus’ youth, he used this…show more content…
The works are also similar in the fact that Augustus and Akhenaten both claim to be divine. They are able to do this because of their political power. While both rulers have goals to change their societies’ viewpoints, Akhenaten was not respected to the degree of Augustus. Augustus was respected in Roman society, while Akhenaten, unlike Augustus, made people so angry they wiped out his ka. The House Altar of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and Three of their Daughters was used as an Altar to worship at in a domestic setting, unlike the Augustus of Prima Porta which was publicly displayed in a Roman marketplace. The ancient Roman and Egyptian cultures were very different. In Ancient Egypt the goal of life was to keep everything in order and methodical. The pharaoh’s job was to keep this order in Egypt. In contrast, Akhenaten was different, he was determined to change Egypt, just as Augustus was determined to change Rome. However, Ancient Romans wanted to be involved and bring new ideas. Romans were open to trying new
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