The Dying Gaul

The Dying Gaul is a reblog posted by An Archaeologist’s Diary on January 21, 2018. I’ve always been fascinated with this statue as it is a poignant reflection of a brave Celtic warrior who has fallen in battle and is facing death. What struck me is how the Greeks and Romans respected the noble Celtic warrior who demonstrated courage in defeat and when faced with his mortality.

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An Archaeologist's Diary

Let’s see if I can produce ARCHAEO-Crush posts on a monthly basis in 2018.  The ancient work of art I am presenting in January is a spectacular marble sculpture in the collections of the Musei Capitolini.

THE DYING GAUL

Type: artefact (sculpture)
Civilisation: Ancient Rome
Date: 1st or 2nd century C.E.

ARCHAEO-Crush: The statue of the Dying Gaul (or more precisely, the Dying Galatian) is an ancient marble masterpiece at the Musei Capitolini. Discovered in Rome, the statue was found in the gardens of the Villa Ludovisi (possibly during excavations for the foundations between 1621 and 1623), when the villa was built on the site of the landscaped gardens of the Roman historian Sallust, who acquired the land after the death of its previous owner, Julius Caesar.  When discovered, the man in the sculpture was identified as a wounded or dying gladiator because a bleeding wound can clearly…

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