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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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Portraits of Plato

Portraits of Plato

(p.34) Portraits of Plato
The Berkeley Plato

Stephen G. Miller

University of California Press

This chapter considers the Berkeley portrait in the context of the other identified portraits of Plato. Two details of particular interest are to be observed on the Berkeley Plato. First, the ears are not the same, for the left ear has an enlarged, puffy lobe that suggests mistreatment resulting in disfiguration. This same disfiguration of the left ear also occurs in other extant portraits, as for example the Berlin Plato, The second detail is that the ears are not placed symmetrically. Whereas the left, puffy-lobed ear is essentially vertical, the right slopes backward at the top in a very pronounced fashion. This detail appears on many other Plato portraits, as for example on the Cambridge and Copenhagen heads. Finally, people are told that Plato was good-looking, with beautiful eyes, a finely shaped nose, and a modest demeanor. The Berkeley Plato certainly fills those specifications.

Keywords:   Berkeley portrait, Plato portraits, Berkeley Plato, Berlin Plato, ear symmetry

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