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Suicide Galata
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Suicide Galata
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A male character is depicted standing in the act of piercing his neck with a short sword while, with his left hand, he tries to support a dying woman who collapses on the ground. The two figures rest on an oval shield and a Celtic sword sheath, a sphere to which the iconography of the characters with long locks hair and the oriental woman's clothing refer. The interpretation of the two characters as Galati (Celtic population of Asia Minor) has connected this work with the famous sculpture of the dying Galata preserved in the Capitoline Museums. The two works are pertinent to a single statuary group, a marble copy of the bronze original made by the famous sculptor Epigonos on commission from the king of Pergamum Attalus I to celebrate his victory over the Galatians in 240 BC. The two sculptures - the suicidal Galata and the dying Galata - most likely come from the area of ​​the Villa Ludovisi where the Horti Sallustiani that belonged to Julius Caesar once stood in Roman times. The discovery at the Cesarian residence leads to retaining copies commissioned by Cesare himself as a symbolic representation of the victories against the Gauls of the West in the years 46-43 BC.

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