Pericles terracotta head from the Pio Clementino Museum in Rome

Pericles terracotta head from the Pio Clementino Museum in Rome



Head of Pericles, Athenian strategist. Our copy of the wonderful artefact of the Vatican Museums (Pio Clementino Museum). The original can be dated to the Hadrianic age and is a Roman copy, inspired by the famous bronze statue made by Kresilas for the Acropolis of Athens in the second half of the 5th century BC. (Inventory 269).

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Height 14.96 in 38 cm
Width 9.84 in 25 cm
Depth 15.75 in 40 cm
Weight 39.68 lbs 18 Kg
Artist / Creator / Architect KRESILAS 5th century b.C.
Manufacturing Recuperando srl
Material Terracotta
Museum where the Original is exhibited Musei Vaticani (Museo Pio Clementino)
Museum cataloging number Museo Pio Clementino N° 269

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Pericles (Classical Attic; c. 495 – 429 BC)
was a Greek statesman and general of Athens during its golden age. Pericles was prominent and influential in Athenian politics, particularly between the Greco-Persian Wars and the Peloponnesian War, and was acclaimed by Thucydides, a contemporary historian, as "the first citizen of Athens". He turned the Delian League into an Athenian empire and led his countrymen during the first two years of the Peloponnesian War. The period during which he led Athens, roughly from 461 to 429 BC, is sometimes known as the "Age of Pericles", but the period thus denoted can include times as early as the Persian Wars or as late as the following century.
Pericles promoted the arts and literature, and it is principally through his efforts that Athens acquired the reputation of being the educational and cultural center of the ancient Greek world. He started an ambitious project that generated most of the surviving structures on the Acropolis, including the Parthenon. This project beautified and protected the city, exhibited its glory and gave work to its people.[2] Pericles also fostered Athenian democracy to such an extent that critics call him a populist. Pericles was descended, through his mother, from the powerful and historically-influential Alcmaeonid family. He, along with several members of his family, succumbed to the Plague of Athens in 429 BC, which weakened the city-state during a protracted conflict with Sparta.


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