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Portrait of a philosopher, probably Democritus or perhaps Hermarchus

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This portait seems to have been baseed on a Classical Greek original from the 4th century B.C. Portraits of this type have long been identified as Hermarchus, who became the head of the Epicurean school of philosophy at Athens after the death of Epicurus in 270 B.C. Recently, however, it has...

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By 1972: with Heinz Herzer, Promenadeplatz 13, 8 Munich 2, Germany; gift of Heinz Herzer to MFA, November 8, 1972

Credit Line

Gift of Heinz Herzer

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 50; Roman copy of a Greek original

Catalogue Raisonné

Sculpture in Stone (MFA), no. 125; Sculpture in Stone and Bronze (MFA), p. 110 (additional published references).


Height: 39 cm (15 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Marble from Mt. Pentelikon near Athens


The Ancient World