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12th-Oct-2011 07:47 pm - Athenian Funerary stele
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Funerary stele of the Athenian Andron, second quarter of 4th century BC, bidding farewell to one of his sons. Above the two figures is engraved this epigram:

'Andron is buried here, who looked on one of his own son(s), and, dead (himself), welcomed the other'
2nd-Oct-2011 10:57 pm - Gravestone of youth, Piraeus Museum
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Funerary stele of Agetor son of Apollodorus of Megara. The youth is depicted scraping the oil from his body with a strigil after his training at the palaestra c 370-350 BC

26th-Sep-2011 09:55 pm - Gravestone of Lysis, Piraeus Museum
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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 )
22nd-Sep-2011 09:36 pm - Marathon monument
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This is the trophy of Marathon that the Athenians built at the battlefield after their victory. It was a marble and without stripes column as high as 10 meters with Ionic capital. On top of the capital lay a Victory statue. Only 2 pieces of the column and its capital were saved and are now on display at the museum to remind the victory of 9000 Athenians and 1000 Plateans against 30.000 Persians (Hammond). In a way the history of Europe would be totally different in case the Persians managed to take over Athens and also we would not have Philipides to run the Marathon...
1st-May-2011 10:32 pm - Hindu girl



I know this is not Greek or Roman, but I thought it was really beautiful.

The blurb says:

Hindu girl Sir Richard Westmacott 1821

 

This bust is a cast taken from a crouching figure on a monument in St John’s Cathedral, Calcutta, erected in honour of Alexander Colvin, a British merchant.

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1st-May-2011 10:25 pm - Athenian youth



Plaster cast. The blurb says:

Bust of Athenian youth, Theatre of Dionysus, Athens AD 150-180

 

This bust of a fashionable young Athenian stands apart from contemporary second century portrait styles in its dramatic posture and luxuriant, princely locks.  It looks back to royal and heroic images of the Hellenistic period, which it combines with the latest and best in Roman portrait technology of the Antonine age.

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10th-Apr-2011 10:17 pm - Arch of Trajan



These are some plaster cast from the Arch of Trajan at Benevutum AD 114, showing various gods and godesses, including a young military god who looks a bit like Alexander, and various Roman dignitaries.
 

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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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2nd-Apr-2011 09:36 pm - Actor's mask



Courtesy of system1988 , bronze tragedy mask (possibly a gift to the gods from an actor)

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