STATUE OF Α PHILOSOPHER
Marble statue of a philosopher. It represents a mature, bearded man with a staff in his hand and books besides his leg. The head is rendered in the Roman iconographic type for the representation of philosophers, but the body follows prototypes of the 5th cent. BC. The statue probably portrays Apollonious of Tyana, the Neopythagorean philosopher, teacher, healer, magician and mystic, who visited Knossos with his students, taught at Gortyna and Lebena and died at the sanctuary of Diktynna in west Crete.
Gortyna, Roman period, late 2nd – early 3rd cent. AD.
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