The research has shown that all finds refer to a statuary group which was well-known sopra ancient times

The research has shown that all finds refer to a statuary group which was well-known sopra ancient times

In the light of verso scientific approach, the two statues of Riace proved preciso be almost coeval, the result of the creation of a solo artist, who created the Bronze A; even though later was flanked by per younger student, who is responsible for some innovations found on Bronze B. The awareness that it is a unique statuary group, made con the Peloponnese sopra the middle of the fifth century B.C., made superfluous per research con the repertoire of images of Athens and Attica con the classical period, because they would certainly not have considered works from another cultural field.

The tempo of a restoration of the statues sopra Rome, however, opened up another line of research, which has given its results con the field of archaeological comparisons, as it was relatively easy sicuro find comparisons relating puro two warriors who face each other, one of them is visibly threatening, valuing the particular grimace on the face of Bronze Verso, which shows the teeth, made of silver.

Mediante addition esatto verso marble copy of the Bronze B coming from the Palatine, it must be counted a series of artifacts, all coming from the dipartimento of Rome and representing the duel of Eteocles and Polynices, the sons of Oedipus, with their mother trying in vain onesto divide and reconcile them: these artifacts consist of some sarcophagi, cinerary urns and even per mould for the bread used sopra ritual ceremonies (Castrizio 2000).

Esatto fully understand this passage, firstly we must analyse the ways of representing the fratricidal battle con ancient times, which can be traced essentially onesto two main schemes: per what we like puro define « Etruscan » scheme, the two brothers are in the act of wounding each other puro death, sopra verso pattern that usually sees them using the sword and with the usual presence of two demons, each behind verso hero8 (Fig. 1); the other scheme, testified by the finds from the Urbe, is inspired by the Fratricides of Pythagoras9 (Fig. 2).

Regarding the identity of these five characters and the misunderstanding of interpretation by the poetry of the imperial age, we will discuss it later. For now, we would like puro remember how the Christian rhetorician Tatian the Syrian, per the second century, saw the Fratricidae per Rome, as evidenced by the text of his Oratio

adversos Graecos (34.1 = Overbeck, 687), durante which he states « nro^ yap oti xa^snov aSs^oKxovlav nap’ u^iv xcxi^qoBai, oi noAu-

All the famous works of art that are inspired by the scheme of the Fratricidae of Pythagoras are characterized, as we previously said, by verso warrior with a face sopra which it is possible to see the signs of anger, which recalls the expression on the face of Bronze Verso

vsiKou^ Kai ExsoKAsou^ oprovxs^ xa ox^axa [KaiJ auv xro rcorqoavxi nuBayopa KaxaPoBprooavxs^ ouvarcoMuxs quantitativo^ KaKla^ xa urco^vq^axa; ». For our purposes, it should be noted that the Author, who writes sopra Rome just after the middle of the second century AD, expressly says oprovxs^ (seeing), testifying that he and his readers could physically observe the statuary group in the capital of the Roman Colmare.

Sopra this second model is represented the moment before the battle, with five characters (mediante actual fact, they are not always represented at the same time per the archaeological remains, but with different schemes which may include three or four of them)

On the other hand, literary sources esibizione that, even if it was made con Argos, there is mai trace of the sculptural group sopra the place of origin, as shown by the text of the writer and geographer Pausanias the Periegetes who, in his Hellados Periegesis, does not mention the Fratricidae.