A follow up to my original post asking for help identifying this guy:
|Unidentified bust in Rome's Aurelian wall on the Via Campagna caddycorner from the Hotel Victoria Roma.|
Let's revisit this, since I've uploaded from my camera a better picture of the bust:
|Another view of that same bust. Note that immediately under this bust it smells strongly of pee.|
Now, let's look at the candidates:
|Roman Emperor Lucius Domitius Aurelianus (aka "Aurelian")|
|Alexander III of Macedon (aka "Alexander the Great," "Alex," "Al," "Big Al" and, behind his back "Hephaestion's Boy Toy."|
|Eastern Roman General Flavius Belisarius|
|Raffaello Sanzio da Urbino (aka "Raphael," "Rafael," "Raffy")|
The weirdest entry, admittedly, is Raphael. I saw his bust at the Pantheon, where his tomb is located and took several pictures for comparison, but it was so dark in there that none of them came out. I tracked this one down on Wikipedia.
So, who is this guy?
UPDATE: It's Alexander the Great. See the comments. Apparently the bust was not part of the original wall, but was put up by the Ludovisi in the 17th Century as part of their famous villa gardens. The villa is mostly gone, replaced by the area around the Via Veneto, but the bust is still there.