Regarding this portrait, R. Brilliant informs: "This honest appraisal on an older man might seem unappealing to modern viewers. However, its purpose was to allude to the subject's appearance, not to flatter him with an idealized image" (op. cit., p. 68). The mid 3rd century A.D. saw a trend in veristic portraiture that was perhaps a reaction to the unstable political climate, with the rapid ascension and declines of various "soldier-emperors." S.E. Wood posits that the need for said soldier-emperors to assert their individual personality manifested itself in the veristic style, and as proven by the present example, private portraiture took its inspiration from images of the Imperial family (Roman Portrait Sculpture, 217-260 A.D: The Transformation of Artistic Tradition, p. 14).