The Sidus is a petite signet ring with etchings in a naîve art style, featuring a brightly shining object over a landscape of simple buildings.
Sidus Iulium was a daylight-visible comet that appeared in the skies of Rome for a week in 44 BC, shortly after Julius Caesar's assassination. Its appearance was seen as a divine omen representing the remnants of the soul of the late Emperor, reinforcing the idea that Caesar had become a god. Caesar’s successor then built the Temple of the Comet Star. A colossal effigy of Caesar was raised at the rear of the temple and adorned with a blazing comet affixed to its forehead, as recounted by Ovid: To make that soul a star that burns forever Above the Forum and the gates of Rome.
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