Marble head of Epikouros

Period: Imperial

Date: 2nd century A.D.

Culture: Roman

Medium: Marble, Pentelic

Dimensions: 19 5/8 × 9 3/4 × 11 1/2 in. (49.8 × 24.8 × 29.2 cm)

Classification: Stone Sculpture

Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1911

Accession Number: 11.90


The philosopher, who lived from 341 to 271 B.C., must have been honored by a portrait statue made late in his lifetime or soon after his death. Numerous Roman copies reproduce the same original, showing the esteem in which Epicurus' teachings were held.