National Geographic : 1957 Feb
© National Geographic Society 21U Guarded by Shield Bearers, a Roman Emperor Endures in Mosaic at His Sicilian Villa Archeologists believe the mansion near Piazza Armerina was built by Marcus Aurelius Valerius Maximianus, a general who reigned between A.D . 286 and 305. This likeness, part of 38,000 square feet of mosaic floors, resembles known portraits of Maximian. Guard at left wears ivy-leaf shoulder patch of the emperor's Herculii Legion. ^.'v;.^. . r":,, ^.. * '"*.** ** ! -- *"