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Author Miller, Stephen G. (Stephen Gaylord), 1942-

Title The Berkeley Plato : from neglected relic to ancient treasure : an archaeological detective story / Stephen G. Miller ; with an appendix by John Twilley
Published Berkeley : University of California Press, [2009]
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 92 pages) : illustrations (some color)
Series The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Contents History of acquisition and the first century in California -- Description of the artifact -- Pertinence of the head -- The inscription -- The Seven Sages -- The Tivoli Plato -- The Berkeley Plato and the Renaissance -- Portraits of Plato -- The Berkeley Plato and the Akademy -- Ribbons -- Plato and ribbons -- Why Plato and ribbons -- Conclusion -- Appendix A: The square-omicron and square-theta portrait herms from Tivoli -- Appendix B: Technical and scientific analysis / by John Twilley
Summary This book explores the provenance of the so-called Berkeley Herm of Plato, a sculptural portrait that Stephen G. Miller 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, Miller-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 o
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 77-81) and indexes
Notes Print version record
Subject Plato -- Portraits.
Phoebe Apperson Hearst Museum of Anthropology -- History -- 20th century.
Classical antiquities -- Conservation and restoration -- California -- Berkeley -- History -- 20th century.
Inscriptions, Greek.
Portrait sculpture, Classical -- California -- Berkeley.
Portrait sculpture, Classical -- Italy -- Tivoli.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2009018650
ISBN 0520943597 (electronic bk.)
9780520943599 (electronic bk.)