POSEIDIPPOS

Dimensions
200 x 80 x 130 cm
Date
early 20th century
Period
Material
Inventory
Ag.196
ID
Hyp-6366
References
Hekler, Gipszgyűjtemény, no. 302

The memory of Poseidippos (ca. 310—240 BC), a poet from Pella, was perpetuated by a bronze statue. This did not survive, but we do know of its Roman adaptations. These show the poet around the age of fifty, with short hair and a freshly shaved face. He sits on a cushioned chair, wearing chiton, himation, and shoes on his feet. He holds a scroll in his right hand — a reference to his works. The portrait head is also that of the poet; it had been created in the Imperial period but earlier than the body, to which it was subsequently added. Up until recently, only few poems of Poseidippos were known, but lately one hundred and twelve poems by him have been reconstructed from papyrus fragments.