Antoninus Pius

Puente Genil, Córdoba
138-149 AD

As the model ruler par excellence, the emperor is shown in this portrait with a grave, mature face. His hair and beard reflect the fashion of the day, imposed by his predecessor Hadrian. Visible on the breastplate fragment that has been preserved is the sculpted head of Medusa, a characteristic element whose function was to ward off evil.


This section contains objects associated with different aspects of the Roman presence in the Iberian Peninsula, such as the language and laws of Rome, Roman technologies for public works, and the creation of an urban society, reflected most notably in the forum. Meanwhile, everyday objects used inside and outside the home offer an insight into the daily lives of Hispano-Roman men and women.

Mosaico de Hércules, detalle