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The Berkeley PlatoFrom Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, An Archaeological Detective Story$
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Stephen Miller

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520258334

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520258334.001.0001

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The Berkeley Plato and the Akademy

The Berkeley Plato and the Akademy

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The Berkeley Plato and the Akademy
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The Berkeley Plato
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Stephen G. Miller

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0009

This chapter notes that the Berkeley Plato does not belong directly within the relatively homogeneous usual and long-recognized Plato type but represents an earlier tradition, perhaps going directly back to the statue by Silanion. Given the quality of material and workmanship this chapter suggests that the Berkeley Plato was copied directly from the head of the Plato statue in the Akademy of Athens for Hadrian and was placed in his version of the Akademy in his villa at Tivoli. If it is true that the Plato Favorinus saw in the Akademy was the one that served as the prototype for the Berkeley Plato, then the ribbons of the Berkeley Plato may have been a part of the fourth-century statue.

Keywords:   Berkeley Plato, Akademy of Athens, Plato statue, Favorinus

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