Head-portrait herm, so-called Aeschylus
The only reason that the elderly personage, whose portrait completes the herm modelled as a naked bust, has been attributed to Aeschylus (525-456 BC) is the fact that he is bald. Aeschylus went to Syracuse many times at Hiero I's invitation. For the celebration of the founding of the city of Aitna (Catania), he composed The Women of Aetna in 476 BC, a text that was subsequently almost entirely lost. The Persians was staged between 471 and 469 BC.