Roman statue used for “alien relic” in album cover

We forget, sometimes, how extraordinary the remains of antiquity really are, when seen for the first time.

Look at this:

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An album by progressive rock group Magellan, it depicts a fantasy scene.  But the head will be familiar to many of us, because it is a real monument… the head of the monster statue of Constantine the Great, preserved in the Capitoline museum in Rome (via here):

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It’s good to be reminded, sometimes, how extraordinary are the things we have seen perhaps too many times.

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