Roman monuments to non-Roman individuals


We keep on running into various 18th-19th century individuals whose monuments remind everybody of the Roman Empire. The Western Empire fell (officially that is) in 510 AD. The Holy Roman Empire was dissolved in 1806, but the attire style depicted on those monuments is clearly very very old.

The monuments, if we follow out traditional chronology, were built over a thousand years later. Where was this infatuation with the Roman Empire coming from? May be there was no thousand+ years between those 18th, and 19th century monuments, and the actual time the Empire existed.

Who of the historical individuals officially pertaining to the 18th, or 19th century had a roman looking monument dedicated to him?

I was gonna start with Napoleon, but ran into this Suvorov guy, so he is going to be the topic starter.

Alexander Suvorov
Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (1729 or 1730 - 1800) was a Russian military leader, considered a national hero. He was the Count of Rymnik, Count of the Holy Roman Empire, Prince of Italy, and the last Generalissimo of the Russian Empire. (so much for being Russian I guess).

The monument was installed in 1801.

statue vs actual person


Monument to Alexander Suvorov in St. Petersburg, Russia
Alexander Suvorov - Wikipedia

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KD: In my opinion, these monuments used to be dedicated to some totally different individuals. We simply put a different tag on the. Then again, may be the paintings were made up later, and the statues depicted the actual individuals.

Feel free to add your own members of the "Roman Club" below.


Well-known member
John III Sobieski (Polish: Jan III Sobieski; Lithuanian: Jonas III Sobieskis; Latin: Ioannes III Sobiscius; 17 August 1629 – 17 June 1696), was King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania from 1674 until his death, and one of the most notable monarchs of the Polish–Lithuanian Commonwealth.

Louis XIV (Louis Dieudonné; 5 September 1638 – 1 September 1715), known as Louis the Great (Louis le Grand) or the Sun King (Roi Soleil), was a monarch of the House of Bourbon who reigned as King of France from 1643 until his death in 1715. Starting on 14 May 1643 when Louis was 4 years old, his reign of 72 years and 110 days is the longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country in European history.[1][note 1] In the age of absolutism in Europe, Louis XIV's France was a leader in the growing centralisation of power.[2]


In the 1660s, Louis began to be shown as a Roman emperor, the god Apollo, or Alexander the Great, as can be seen in many works of Charles Le Brun, such as sculpture, paintings, and the decor of major monuments.


He also commissioned "war artists" to follow him on campaigns to document his military triumphs. To remind the people of these triumphs, Louis erected permanent triumphal arches in Paris and the provinces for the first time since the decline of the Roman Empire.
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