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BLOG OF A TOUR GUIDE IN ROME

15/06/2019, 14:29

#unaguidaturisticaroma, #romeisus, #atourguiderome, #rome, #roma, #marmo, #statua, #arte, #art, #museicapitolini, #museo, #archeologia, #archeology



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 The "Dying Galata" is a great masterpieces, a symbol of the Roman politics and of the Roman tradition to be inspired by the Greek culture and art...



The "Dying Gaul" is one of the marble masterpieces of the Capitoline Museums, withouth no doubts! This subject joined a sculpted group of the ancient Greek that was known by the Romans, so much that they were inspired by the original monument, copying it. For this reason the origins of the "Dying Galata" are very similar to the origins of another famous Roman masterpiece, the "Suicide Galata" sets in the Museum of Palazzo Altemps. Both are a Roman copy of the III century AD, which were made following an ancient monument would by Attalo, king of the Greek city of Pergamo, at the end of the III BC. He would like to commemorate his victory to the Galati, a Barbarian population, commissioning to a sculptor named Epigono to create a masterpiece to remember the militar victory and, on the other side, the defeat of the Galati. And this concept is clearly shown on this incredible masterpiece. This man is on the floor, with a beaten and sad look. It seems that for him is impossible to get up again. The sword is nearby him, but looking at his face, and the effort that he is doing we can understand that it is impossible, for this Galata, to keep the weapon again. The whole statue depicts suffering and pain, something that must be feel by the enemies of the Greeks (and the Romans based their art in the same way). And just to be sure there are some elements that could tell us how we are in front of a Barbarian, so a not civilized man, almost a wild creature: the mustaches, the long and thicks hairs, but also the noticeable cheekbones, all of them are Barbarians caracteristics. Moreover there is the so called "torque" that necklace owned by the Galata that was used by his population. Everything leads us to the concept of defeat, but there is something more: courage. The Galata is trying to do something, to fight the Death. His body is full of energy, with fine and detailled muscles. But his courage is used not to celebrate him, but simply to underline how strong could be the Greek armies. If the enemy is hard to defeat, and if you defeat it, you will be the best... #unaguidaturisticaroma #romeisus #Rome #atourguiderome #archeologia #archeology 


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