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Socrates

Lysipp, von Sikyon (ca. 400 v. Chr.-) attributed to | Copied Artist
Socrates (469 v. Chr. - 399 v. Chr.) | Person(s) shown

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The philosopher Socrates lived from 469-399 BC and is said to have been extraordinarily ugly. His physiognomy was compared to that of a Silens, meaning a half-animal, bald-headed and bulbous-nosed man of nature.

Echoes of this pointed comparison can also be found in this portrait, which goes back to a statue of honour by the bronze sculptor Lysipp that was erected in the Pompeion (festival building behind the Dipylon Gate in Athens).

Material & Technique
Marble
Museum
Skulpturensammlung
Dating
First third of the 3rd century CE
Inventory number
Hm 205
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