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suicidal galata
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Bust of Antinous
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Bust of Antinous

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A male character is depicted standing in the act of piercing his neck with a short sword while, with his left hand, he tries to support a dying woman who collapses to the ground. The two figures rest on an oval shield and a Celtic-type sword scabbard, an area to which the iconography of the characters with long locks and the oriental-type clothing of the woman refers. The interpretation of the two characters as Galatians (Celtic population of Asia Minor) connected this work with the famous sculpture of the dying Gaul kept in the Capitoline Museums. The two works belong to a single statuary group, a marble copy of the original bronze made by the famous sculptor Epigonos commissioned by the king of Pergamum Attalus I to celebrate his victory over the Galatians in 240 BC. The two sculptures - the Suicidal Gaul and the Dying Gaul - most likely come from the area of Villa Ludovisi where the Horti Sallustiani formerly belonged to Julius Caesar stood in Roman times. The discovery at the Caesarian residence leads to believe them copies commissioned by Caesar himself as a symbolic representation of the victories against the Western Gauls in the years 46-43 BC.

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