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Demosthenes

This head of the Greek orator Demosthenes (384 to 322 BCE) is a Roman copy of a bronze original which was set up in Athens. When found this head was attached to a seated figure to which it did not belong.

There are a number of copies derived from the Greek bronze original. Facially Demosthenes appears a lot younger here than in others

Number: 
503
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Paris, Louvre

Size: 
0.51m
Accession: 

Purchased in 1884 from the Paris Beaux Arts

References: 

Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 33 (for portraits of Demosthenes)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 113, no.590 or 591
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 895, no.529

Date: 
Roman. Original: 280 or 279 BCE
Sculptor: 
Of original: Polyeuktos

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