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Agias

Agias is one of a group of eight male figures representing past and present members of the patron’s family. An inscription found with the sculpture identifies the patron as Daochos from the city of Pharsalos, and that this figure is Agias and he was a prize-winning athlete.

It is clear that Agias was a wrestler or boxer as he has a cauliflower ear. Agias was the great grandfather of Daochos and was winning his sporting competitions over a century before this sculpture was made, so if we call this a portrait it is an idealised one. Its legs are a modern restoration

Number: 
256
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Delphi Museum

Size: 
1.98m
Accession: 

Purchased 1904-5

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 287 (n.1-2), pl. 102.3; 278 (n.8)
Morgan: Hesperia, supplement VIII (1949), 228-
Will: Bulletin de Correspondance Hellénique LXII (1938), 289-
Hyde: American Journal of Archaeology XI (1907), 396-, figs.3-4
Fouilles de Delphes, pls. vol. IV, 63-4

Date: 
338-4 BCE
Inscription: 

Yes, but not on the cast

Provenance: 

Found at Delphi in 1894

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