6 comments on “Hephaestion – Omnium Amicorum Carissimus

  1. Hi, Jeanne got a credit for the words, could I get a credit for the picture please? I believe it is one I created and posted to Livejournal.

  2. Actually, the image needs to be attributed to the housing museum, in this case the Prado Museum in Madrid. It’s a colossal bronze, probably by Polyclitus, latter half of the fourth century. Even when we take our own photography (as I frequently do), it’s considered proper citation to list the museum in which the artifact can be found, or to offer that information at request. ;>

  3. Yes, I know thank you. However, I was referring to the fact that this picture required some effort on my part and is not just a photo of the original.

    However, the Prado no longer labels this head as Hephaestion, but believes it is one of the Diadochi. It is dated to the 280s BC, some forty years after Hepheastion’s death. At twice-life size, such a colossal bronze statue would have been very expensive, and I think it is unlikely that anyone alive then would have had any interest or purpose in commissioning such a statue of Hephaestion.

    The head once belonged to Queen Christina of Sweden, when it was believed to represent Alexander. If it is not one of the Diadochi (Meleager, perhaps), it has also been suggested that it could be Phyrrus of Epirus. Whoever it is, in my opinion, it is a supremely arrogant face and not someone that you would want to mess with.

    The museum’s site is here: http://museodelprado.es/coleccion/galeria-on-line/galeria-on-line/obra/retrato-en-bronce-de-un-diadoco/?no_cache=1

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