Statuette of Socrates by Unknown Artist

This piece is the only known full length figure of Socrates.

Details

Medium:
Parian marble
Dimensions:
27.5 cm
Art Fund grant:
£400 ( Total: £1,225)
Acquired in:
1925

The statuette dates from at least two centuries after Socrates' death (399 BCE) and presents an idealized figure of benevolence, equanimity and deep thought - somewhat of a departure from written depictions of this philosopher. Records describe Socrates as portly, pug-nosed and fleshy-lipped and somewhat resembling a satyr. Socrates was put to death by drinking hemlock on charges of introducing new and strange gods into the state religion and of corrupting youth. However his lasting legacy is his pursuit of underlying truths of knowledge through rational thought.

Provenance

Found at Alexandria.

Venue details

British Museum Great Russell Street, LONDON London WC1B 3DG 020 7323 8299 www.britishmuseum.org

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