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Lyon: Portrait of Timestheus


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This finely carved portrait bust shows Timestheus, an imperial administrator in Lugdunum (Roman Lyon) during the early 3rd century. Timestheus was also the father-in-law of the Roman emperor Gordian III (AD 238-244).

The sculpture, displayed in Gallery VI of the Musée de la Civilisation Gallo-Romaine  in Lyon, expresses a somber, highly developed realism which became typical of the best examples of ancient Roman portraiture.

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[Fig.1: Sculpture of Timestheus (Musée de la civilisation Gallo-Romain).]

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