Side with Augustus
original south side

Processional Frieze - Area with Augustus

Although the ruler of the Roman Empire, Augustus is here represented as a normal member of the imperial family. Modern viewers might easily have difficulty identifying the emperor. As far as I know, there are no precedents in the history of art for an emperor not being clearly distinguished, normally elevated and ennobled, and it is indeed rare even today. His identification is secured by comparison with other closely related images with clearly identifiable features. It is sometimes said that all eyes turn toward Augustus, but this is clearly not the case.