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A ROMAN MARBLE HEAD OF DIOMEDES
CIRCA 2ND CENTURY A.D.
Based on a Greek original commonly attributed to Kresilas, his hair a mass of short curling locks, with a wispy youthful beard along his jaw line, the sharp, arching brows framing unarticulated eyes, the upper lids heavy, the smooth forehead forming a continuous plane with the slender nose, the lips parted
Diomedes, King of Argos, is mainly known from mythology for his role in the Trojan war. Celebrated for his wisdom, courage and fighting ability, Diomedes was protected throughout the war by Athena. Together with Odysseus, he removed the Palladium from within the walls of Troy and participated in the attack from inside the wooden horse. After the war, Diomedes never returned to Argos, but instead migrated to southern Italy where he joined the court of the Daunians.
For a closely related head see the full standing figure of Diomedes from Cumae, now in the Museo Nazionale, Naples, p. 106, fig. 6.82 in Meyer, "A Roman Masterpiece: The Minneapolis Doryphorous" in Moon, ed., Polykleitos, the Doryphorous, and Tradition.