Victorious Young Athlete, the Farnese Diadoumenos

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 22 May 2016
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The statue shows a young athlete tying a ribbon around his head, signifying that he has just won a competition. Which event the youth won is unknown but athletic figures of this type were a common theme in Greek art. A victor statue by the sculptor Pheidias of a boy binding a ribbon around his head was dedicated at Olympia, according to ancient writers. This marble statue is thought to be a later Roman version of that original Greek bronze figure, now lost. The palm tree trunk was not part of the Greek original, but palm fronds symbolized sporting victory. Roman, mid-1st century CE, probably a version of a Greek original of about 430 BCE. Formerly in the Farnese Collection, Naples; known as the Farnese Diadoumenos (ribbon-wearer). The British Museum, London.

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2016, May 22). Victorious Young Athlete, the Farnese Diadoumenos. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/5098/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Victorious Young Athlete, the Farnese Diadoumenos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 22, 2016. https://www.ancient.eu/image/5098/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Victorious Young Athlete, the Farnese Diadoumenos." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 22 May 2016. Web. 31 Oct 2020.

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