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Portrait Herm of a Greek General

There is a distinct genre of military portraits from the fifth century BCE, particularly in Athens. This one has been called Perikles and Kimon in its time, though it is probably an idealised representation rather than an individual general’s portrait.

These men were called strategoi. They were elected, and held a position that was part military leader, part statesman and part magistrate. Kimon (512-449 BCE) helped form the Delian league, a military alliance dominated by Athens which not only ensured security but also brought great wealth to Athens, particularly later under Perikles (495-429 BCE)

Location of Original: 

Munich Glyptothek 299


Lippold: Griechische Plastik, 138 (n.10)
Furtwängler: Catalogue of the Munich Museum, 326
Furtwängler: Masterpieces of Greek Sculpture, 118 (n.1) & 122 (n.2)
Walston: Catalogue of Casts in the Museum of Classical Archaeology (1889), 114, no.598 (called Perikles)
Reporter: 19 June 1885, 895, no.553 (?)

Roman. Original: C5 BCE

Thought to have been found in Pompeii

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