STATUE OF A POET: THE SO-CALLED PSEUDO-MENANDROS

Dimensions
170 x 100 x 140 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Production place
Inventory
Ag.197
ID
Hyp-5949
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 303

Menandros (ca. 342—290 BC) was the most popular Greek comic playwright in antiquity. In the early 3rd century BC his seated statue was erected beside those of the greatest poets in the Athenian theatre. The seated type became the most frequent in the representation of poets. This statue of an unknown poet was made in the first half of the first century BC, but the head was reworked later, at around 30 BC. The face is beardless, which makes it different from the usual representation of men of intellect. The scroll in his hand, a reference to his works, is modern.