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Double Herm Of Herodotus And Thukydides

Date early 20th century (plaster cast), 2nd century AD, after a statue from the 4th century BC (original)
Object type plaster cast
Medium, technique plaster

58 x 33 x 39,5 cm

Inventory number Ag.265
Collection Classical Antiquites - Plaster casts
On view Star Fortress (Komárom), Portraits of Great Men, Gallery X

The statue is the double portrait of the two most famous Greek historians, Herodotus (ca. 484—424 BC) and Thukydides (ca. 460—400 BC). Their names are engraved in Greek upon the lower part of the herm. Herodotus is shown as a middle-aged man, with a high forehead and an investigative gaze. Thukydides, also in his fifties, is shown with receding hair, a frown, and a short beard. These kinds of double busts became popular in the early Roman Imperial period. They usually stood in rich Roman villas, declaring the classical education of their owners.


Hekler, Antal, Az antik gipszgyűjtemény I-II., Budapest, 1919-1920, 1923, no. no. 343.

This record is subject to revision due to ongoing research.

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