Augustus and Sister

Augustus and Sister

Octavian, soon to become Rome’s first official Emperor, is squinting at you beside his sister Octavia Minor. Make of his narrowed eyes what you will.

Actually the idea I was working with was that Octavian/Augustus might have been an albino, a condition correlated with eye problems. While this is largely artistic speculation on my part, Roman historical texts did describe him as having “golden” hair which would be consistent with albinism. Either that, or he had a bit more Germanic ancestry than the average Republican Roman.

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