Portrait of Herodes Atticus

Provenance: Probably from Attica. Height: 0.31 m. Marble: Pentelic.
Chronology: around 150 AD. EAM 435

The portrait depicts Vibullius Hipparchus Tiberius Claudius Atticus Herodes (101-178 AD), a prominent Athenian orator and sophist philosopher, who was a benefactor principally of Athens, but also of many other cities, by erecting public buildings. In the context of the Second Sophistic, Herodes had Hadrian, who was one of his numerous pupils, as a model in his public and personal life (imitatio Hadriani).