Honouring Augustus’ victory
Explore this Roman trophy – a wonderful example of the glorification an emperor’s victory!
The Trophée d’Auguste was erected in the first century BC in honour of Octavius, a nephew of Caesar who later became Emperor Augustus. It was dedicated to him by the Roman Senate and its people following his victory over the Alpine tribes between 25 and 14 B.C. This extraordinary monument raised Emperor Augustus to the status of god because in ancient Rome, these trophies were dedicated to the gods of victory. The remains you see today bear witness to the huge scale of the construction.