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Female Torso in armour

This female body is thought to be a personification of the Odyssey, the epic Greek poem first written down by Homer. On her armour are shown Scylla, Aiolos, the Sirens and Polyphemus — all characters encountered by Odysseus in the poem.

The sculpture was found under the Stoa of Attalos, the long public building used for trading and gatherings along the side of the Agora in ancient Athens; an inscription confirming the identity of the torso was found nearby much later

Number: 
465
Material: 
Marble
Location of Original: 

Athens, Museum of the Ancient Agora. Formerly Athens, National Museum 311

Size: 
1.21m
Accession: 

Purchased in 1884 from Martinelli (?)

References: 

Reporter: 19 June 1885, 895, no.561
Inscription: IG II/III2, 4313
Thompson, H: The Athenian Agora Guide (1976), 183

Date: 
C2 CE
Sculptor: 
Jason of Athens
Inscription: 

Jason of Athens made this

Provenance: 

Found under the ruins of the Stoa of Attalos in Athens in 1869

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