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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 Seven Sages

The Seven Sages

Chapter:
The Seven Sages
Source:
The Berkeley Plato
Author(s):

Stephen G. Miller

Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0005

Even though there is a lack of important details such as the material from which the herms were carved and dimensions of the shafts, the authenticity of the square-omicron set of portrait herms should be accepted even if the whereabouts of many of them are unknown at present. Evidence for the validity of this acceptance appeared already in the 1770s, when two significant additions were made to the group. Six of the herms found at this time clearly form a special group: Bias, Kleoboulos, Periander, Pittakos, Solon, and Thales. These are six of the Seven Sages; Cheilon of Lakedaimonia is missing from the group, although his absence may be simply the chance of discovery. In addition to the square-omicron script on each of these—which reveals some affinity to the Berkeley Plato—these six have brief statements added that were attributed to them.

Keywords:   portrait herms, square-omicron, Seven Sages, Berkeley Plato

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