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Herm of Euripides

Roman copy of a bronze original.

Euripides was a Greek dramatist who lived c.485-80 to 406 BCE. He was from Salamis, an island close to the Aegean coast near Athens, and according to legend spent his time reading and writing in a cave overlooking the sea. Of his ninety two plays, eighteen survive, the best-known of which are Medea, The Bacchae, and The Trojan Women.

The original of which this portrait is a copy probably dates from around 400 BCE. It is mounted on a squared-off pillar called a herm

Location of Original: 

Mantua, 713, or Paris Louvre (?)


Purchased in 1884 from the Louvre (?)


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 215 (n.3)
Levi, A: Le Idee Religiose di Euripide (?)
Bernoulli: Griechische Ikonographie (1901), 152, no.16, pl. XVII left
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 115, no.601
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 895, no.335 (?)

Roman. Original: c.400 BCE

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