This figure is a variation of the Aphrodite Frejus or Venus Genetrix type. Based on a late 5th century B.C. Greek prototype, it was further popularized in the Julio-Claudian Period, as Julius Caesar and his successors sought to identify the goddess as progenitor of their family. Claiming direct descent from the goddess and Aeneas, Caesar built a temple to Venus Genetrix in his forum in Rome in 45 B.C. For a similar example see no. 242, in A. Delivorrias, et al., "Aphrodite" in LIMC, vol II.