Perhaps the sculptors are not entirely to blame, but the awkward poses of the statues of your likeness surely didn't help. After their unveiling, in a distant corner of the empire, some wit added props to a statue, giving the impression you were riding a piglet into battle, armed only with a bellows and latrine lid. The craze spread, and soon every sculpture had been defaced in other imaginative ways.
Seeing their leader so depicted has destroyed the people's appetite for war. The envy burns twice as hard.