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The Berkeley Plato: From Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, An Archaeological Detective Story

Stephen Miller

Abstract

This book explores the provenance of the so-called Berkeley Herm of Plato, a sculptural portrait that the author first encountered over thirty years ago in a university storage basement. The head, languishing since its arrival in 1902, had become detached from the body, or herm, and had been labeled a fake. In 2002, while preparing another book, the author—now an experienced archaeologist—needed an illustration of Plato, remembered this piece, and took another look. The marble, he recognized immediately, was from the Greek islands, the inscription appeared ancient, and the ribbons visible on t ... More

Keywords: Berkeley, Herm of Plato, sculptural portrait, illustration of Plato, marble, Greek islands, Greek athletic scenes, ancient Roman copy, Hadrian

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780520258334
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Miller, author