Statue of Hermes of Alkamenes from Pergamon

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 May 2018

The inscription on the frontal part of the pillar reads, in Greek, "You will recognize the fine statue by Alkamenes, the Hermes before the Gates, Pergamios gave it, know thyself". This is a copy of an original sculpted by the Greek sculptor Alkamenes of Athens, during the 5th century BCE. The Pergamene sculptor had copied the inscriptions as well. This statue was one the sacred milestones erected on the roads in the name of the god Hermes, the protector of the travelers. Roman Period. From Pergamon, Bergama, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).


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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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