Res Gestae Divi Augusti is an epigraphic inscription of the first Roman Emperor, Augustus (27 BD - 14 AD). Being one of the earliest propagandistic texts known, it gives us a first-person record of the life of Augustus and his accomplishments. It is a brilliant example of the propagandistic tactics of Augustus to legitimate his political career. At the end of the text, Augustus tells us he wrote this document at the age of 76 years old, one year before his death.
Through the ephemeral soap bubbles, I want to reflect the empty words of the Res Gestae. This text is not considered as a historical document but as a mere propaganda used by Augustus to legitimate the creation of a new political system. However is one of the most important epigraphic documents in the History of the Roman Empire and extremely significant in the creation of a totally new and innovative political discourse. I photographed the original sculpture at the Louvre Museum in Paris.
Original Picture and Final Digital Art