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Athenian Political Art from the fifth and fourth centuries BCE: Images of Historical Individuals 

Amy C. Smith, edition of January 18 2003

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· Aeschines ·

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Christodorus (Ecphr. in Gr. Anth.).
 
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Constantinople.
Naples.
London.

Evidence: The only indication of a statue of Aeschines in ancient literature is Christodoros’ mention (Ecphr. in Gr. Anth. 2.13 ff.) of a bronze statue of Aeschines in the Zeuxippos at Constantinople. He remarks that the figure seems “… to contract his bearded cheeks as if about to take up the fight in the bustling assembly” (trans. Richter 1984, 73). The hollowed cheeks are barely perceptible in the Naples portrait of Aeschines (the only full portrait of him) [2]. Yet the nine other copies of a portrait type identified as that of Aeschines reflect the sober, calm characteristics one might expect of this fourth century orator. Two herm portraits (in London [1] and the Vatican [3]) are reliably labelled with Aeschines’ name ( ΑΙΣΧΙΝΗΣ ).

Extant portraits:

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Bitolia Macedonia (in text as “Bitolia”).
Macedonia.
Herculaneum.
Tivoli.

  1. London 1839: A marble herm found in Bitolia, Macedonia.
  2. Naples 6018: A marble statue found in the “Villa of the Papyri,” Herculaneum (image).
  3. Vatican 297: A marble herm found in the “Villa of Cassius,” near Tivoli (shown here).

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