A Phrygian sculptor at work in Roman Athens

Brian Martens*

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This article presents a contextual analysis of eight marble sculptures that were excavated in 1937 from a well on the north slope of the Areopagos at Athens. The assemblage, which includes both finished and unfinished works, was discarded from a sculptor's studio following the Herulian sack in A.D. 267. In several instances the sculptor used iconographies and materials that fall outside local traditions. In addition, a set of bronzes from the personal shrine of the sculptor is suggestive of non-Athenian religious customs. Taken together, this evidence points to an individual who had migrated to Athens from Asia Minor, probably from the region of Phrygia.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)359-410
Number of pages52
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2021


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