The only son of Gaius Claudius Marcellus and Octavia, Augustus' sister, the youngest of the Marcellus family was better known for his relationship with Emperor Augustus and his early death than for his own achievements.
The young Marcellus was named after an ancestor who was a consul in 222 BC and was highly acclaimed for his military victories against the Gauls and the Carthaginians.
After young Marcellus fought bravely in Spain in 25 BC under the command of Augustus, the princes gave his nephew his daughter Julia in marriage and arranged for his rapid advancement in the cursus honorum. As Curule Aedile in 23, the year of his death, Marcellus organized lavish games that brought him great popularity.
His death in the Roman spa of Baiae, in Campania, before his 20th birthday, was mourned by his family and by the Roman people. His memory is preserved both in stone and in verse. It is believed that the equestrian statue of a young aristocrat who resembles the descendants of Augustus is Marcellus.
An oversized marble statue of Marcellus, sculpted by Cleomenes the Athenian in the heroic Greek style, was commissioned by Augustus in 20 BC.
Augustus had his grandson buried in the family mausoleum, where the names of his parents were kept. Augustus built and posthumously dedicated an elegant theater, while his sister Octavia named a library after their son.
The verse Suetonius relates in his Vita Vergili was so moving that Octavia fainted when she and her brother heard the famous epic poet Vergil read aloud the section commemorating him in Aeneid VI. 868-886.
Height: 78.7 ".
Width: 27.5 ".
Depth: 19.7 ".
Weight: 90 kg (198.4 lbs)
Material: reconstituted marble (marble dust + high density resin).
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