Portrait of Plato

    • Provenienza:
      Rome, Area Sacra di Largo Argentina
    • Data:
      1st century AD
    • Materiali:
      Fine grained white marble
    • Dimensioni:
      height of the head 34 cm
    • Collocazione:
      Rome, Musei Capitolini
    • Inventario:
      inv. MC 1377
  • Portrait of Plato

A short fringe and a flowing beard characterize this portrait of Plato (427-347 BC), the famous Athenian philosopher and disciple of Socrates who, in 387 BC, founded his school known as the "Academy" in Athens. On several occasions Plato went to Syracuse, a city that in his eyes was the ideal place to test out projects for the institutional transformations of the State. His political reform programmes, however, made him unpopular among tyrants.