A Divine and Immortal
These trophies were usually dedicated to the deities of the victory. Here, it is Augustus himself who is hailed. Built on a shrine devoted to Heracles Monoikos (from which the name Monaco derives), Augustus is thereby likened to Hercules, the demi-god who was promised immortality after completing his twelve tasks. His exploit over the Alpine Barbarians legitimised the heroism of the emperor and highlighted his divine qualities.