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26th-Sep-2011 09:55 pm - Gravestone of Lysis, Piraeus Museum
Courtesy of system1988



The loutroforos gravestone of Timocleides son of Lysis. The old seated man is Lysis son of Democrates from the Deme of Aixone (today's Glyfada region). The full name of the dead man is given on the base. So we have a direct witness of the historical individual Lysis, disciple of Sokrates whose name Platon used as title for one of his dialogues. This of course brings us back to Renault doesn't it? The date of the gravestone is the second quarter of the 4th century BC.Read more...Collapse )
31st-Jul-2011 05:27 pm - Alexander the Great


This bust was kindly sent to me by the very kind system1988 .  It is located in the Acropolis Museum, Athens and dates to about 333 BC, about 5 years after an 18 year old Alexander visited the city following his father Philip's victory over the Athenians and Thebans at Chareonea so it perhaps reflects a fairly close representation of what he really looked like.
22nd-May-2011 02:40 pm(no subject)



The totally amazing system1988  sent me this wonderful head of Alexander.  It is a full-size, museum replica of the Alexander bust from Pella dating to c300 BC.  The whole thing, including the base, is about 20 inches tall and slightly larger than life-size.  A million, million thanks to system1988 !
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22nd-Apr-2011 09:29 pm - Hermes of Praxiteles


This is a plaster cast in the Ashmolean of the statue by Praxiteles dated to 343 BC, showing the god Hermes holding the infant Dionysus.  The original is from Olympia.
17th-Apr-2011 09:53 pm - Hercules



A Roman copy of an original by Lysippus, Alexander's favoured sculptor.
10th-Apr-2011 09:38 pm - Woman's grave stele



Courtesy of system1988 , this is a tombstone featuring a woman sitting down (she died at childbirth) with her husband, her mother on the other side as well as her maiden who holds the newborn (who wears a bonnet). 4th century BC.
6th-Apr-2011 09:01 pm - Kallithea Monument, Piraeus Museum



Courtesy of system1988 , the Kallithea Monumment (second half of the 4th century BC) from the Piraeus museum. It is the monument of the metic Nikiratos and his son Polyxenos. The sculptor of the monument was inspired from the Halicarnassus Mausoleum.

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1st-Apr-2011 08:33 pm - Grave stele of an actor



This relief courtesy of system1988 is of an actor who holds a mask which was worn on theatrical tragedy performances. It's extremely rare to say the least. The dead actor holds in front of him a mask perhaps in memory of an old success .

21st-Mar-2011 09:47 pm - Praxiteles' Apollo


A plaster cast of Apollo by Praxiteles from a marble Roman copy in the Louvre. The original was in bronze. c 350 BC
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