Plaster cast
H. 15 5/8 in (40 cm)
L. 11 3/4 in (30 cm)
W. 10 1/8 in (26 cm)
Weight: 2,56 kg
Product Code: 001944
Availability: Out Of Stock
$189.00

Socrates (469-399 BC) was a prominent Greek philosopher of Antiquity, whose teaching marked a turn in philosophy from the study of nature and the world to the study of man in this world. Socrates left no writings of his own and his philosophy is known thru the writings of his disciples, Plato and Xenophon. He played an active role in the life of ancient Athens, participated in the Peloponnesian War, was a teacher and a friend of the politician and general Alcibiades. In 399, Socrates was accused of impiety and of corrupting the youth, and he was condemned to death. However, as a free citizen of Athens, he was not executed but drank hemlock in the prison. The modern Petersburg casters have recreated the famous head of Socrates (part of the 320 BC antique statue), which was found in 1862 during archaeological excavations and entered the Hermitage from the collection of Marquis de Campana.

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