“Until the advent of photography and then of TV, which effectively replaced them, propaganda statues were indispensable when it came to perpetuating the iconography of leadership.” – Rome by Robert Hughes (pg 57)
Imagine having statues everywhere of as propaganda, like massed produced statues of our presidents to grace our homes, schools, churches, grocery stores, etc? Well, that’s how it was back in the days when guys like Julius Caesar were alive and providing bread and festivals to keep the Romans content.
There were plenty of statues such as this one for Romans to worship their leader:
This got me to thinking, what if I was trying to run as the next Caesar in ancient Roman times? I would have a statue (or a few hundred) erected in my likeness, of course!
Here is a sketch of what it would look like: