No. D 202
Date Range: ~ 100 BC
H. 1,55 m
Material: Marble
Collection: Paris, Musée du Louvre

  • General view of the Borghese Gladiator
  • Head of the Borghese Gladiator
  • Head and left arm of the Borghese Gladiator

The Borghese Gladiator was found 1611 on the site of the ancient Antium near Rome. The figure represents not a gladiator, but a warrior contending with a mounted combatant. He is defending himself with his left arm and at the same time he is attacking with his right arm. His left arm still shows an attachment for his missing shield. The warrior wanted to defend himself from an attack coming from above. His head is turned to the left so he can fix his attacking enemy. He looks concentrated, but without any emotion. As a support he has a stump between his spread legs, showing the inscription: "Agasias, son of Dositheos, from Ephesus made it". In this case the late-classic Lysippus was the role-model for the sculptor.

(G.F.)

Bibliography

W.Fuchs, Die Skulptur der Griechen2 (München 1979) 147-149 Abb. 140-142
M. Hamiaux, Les Sculptures Grecques II. La période hellénistique. Musée du Louvre, Département des Antiquités Grecques, Étrusques et Romaines (Paris 1998) Nr. 60

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