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The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

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Title

The Gaul Killing Himself and His Wife

Description

This marble statue from the 2nd century AD remains one of the most fascinating sculptures of a Barbarian in Roman art. A part of the Ludovisi collection in the Palazzo Altemps, the creator is unknown, but is likely to be a Roman copy of a Greek sculpture from an earlier time period [not likely, according to Marvin!]. This statue demonstrates a barbarian, known by the mustache and hair style, killing himself and his wife as a symbol of Roman victory and the conquering of their enemies. The Barbarian is looking over his shoulder as if trying to escape the enemy, and committing suicide in order to save his honor. This sculpture is meant to demonstrate Roman power and accomplishments by showing the defeat of an enemy.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Original image by Tom Kadar

Date

2nd century AD

Contributor

Tom Kadar

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Marble

Type

Sculpture

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