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Life-sized male head in polos (Zeus Megistos?)

ca. A.D. 160–69

Limestone

39.69 × 26 × 21 cm (15 5/8 × 10 1/4 × 8 1/4 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
1938.5316
Status: 
On view
Culture: 
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Period: 
Parthian or Roman, 2nd century A.D.
Classification: 
Sculpture
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos (block C4 15, Temple of Zeus Megistos, Naos), present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Michael I. Rostovtzeff, Dura-Europos and Its Art, 1st (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1938), 65, fig. pl. 11:2.

Susan B. Downey, The Excavations at Dura-Europos, Final Report III (Los Angeles: Insititue of Archaeology, University of California Los Angeles, 1977), 66–7, 208–210, no. 50, pl. 13, fig. 50.

Christa Bauchenss-Thüriedl, Erika Simon, and Ingrid Krauskopf, Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae, 8 vols. (Zurich: Artemis, 1981–97), vol. 8, p. 386, no. 159, pl. 250.

Handbook of the Collections, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 272, ill.

Hans Erik Mathiesen, Sculpture in the Parthian Empire : a study in chronology, 2 volumes (Aarhus Denmark: Aarhus Universitetsforlag, 1992), 201, no. 185, vol. 1, appendix II, pp.78–80, fig. 62.

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 348, no. 41, pl. 41.

Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011), 113, no. 37, ill.

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