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Mars Ultor


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Mars Ultor

Fine Art Photo Print


This 2nd century AD bust of Mars Ultor (Mars the Avenger) is modeled after a similar sculpture from the temple of Mars Ultor in the forum of Augustus. The piece can be found in the Palazzo Altemps, Rome.

The temple of Mars the Avenger was dedicated by Augustus, along with his forum, after the recovery of the legionary standards lost by Crassus to the Parthians. They were supposed to be housed in a temple to Mars Ultor on the Capitoline hill. Augustus, instead, chose to house the standards in his temple in his forum. He built the forum and temple at his own expense. The helmet is fanciful, done in the Greek style, with wings, surmounted by a sphinx (the kind that may have confronted Oedipus on his way to Thebes) above which stands a prominent crest composed of feathers. The god sports heavily styled hair and beard. This piece was heavily restored. The breastplate bears the engraved head of the medusa which was added in the 16th century.

About The Photographer, Craig Phares

Craig took this picture for Pro Romanis several years ago on a photographic expedition to Rome. Craig Phares is a photographer, artist, designer, and programmer. He built his first game on a TI-85 calculator when he should have been doing math homework, and has never stopped, creating numerous jaw-dropping digital masterpieces for the web, desktop, and mobile devices. Craig studied sculpture at the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, while constantly improving his design and programming skills on his own time. He went on to work for several advertising agencies, finally leaving to form his own company. Craig is the founder of Six Overground, a progressive digital agency focused on building full-scale digital platforms. His company has produced award-winning work for major brands and corporations including Citigroup, Estée Lauder, Havaianas HBO, Johnson & Johnson, Mars, NFL, U.S. Air Force, and USDA. When he’s not glued to a computer monitor, you’ll find him in the real world, dreaming up the next big thing. To learn more about Craig, visit his website at