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    DescriptionThis book explores the provenance of the so-called Berkeley Herm of Plato, a sculptural portrait that Stephen G. Miller first encountered over thirty years ago in a university storage basement. The head, languishing since its arrival in 1902, had become detached from the body, or herm, and had been labeled a fake. In 2002, while preparing another book, Miller - now an experienced archaeologist - needed an illustration of Plato, remembered this piece, and took another look. The marble, he recognized immediately, was from the Greek islands, the inscription appeared ancient, and the ribbons visible on the head were typical of those in Greek athletic scenes."The Berkeley Plato", rich in scientific, archaeological, and historical detail, tells the fascinating story of how Miller was able to authenticate this long-dismissed treasure. His conclusion, that it is an ancient Roman copy possibly dating from the time of Hadrian, is further supported by art conservation scientist John Twilley, whose essay appears as an appendix. Miller's discovery makes a significant contribution to the worlds of art history, philosophy, archaeology, and sports history and will serve as a starting point for new research in the back rooms of museums.


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    Title
    The Berkeley Plato
    Subtitle
    From Neglected Relic to Ancient Treasure, an Archaeological Detective Story
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Stephen G. Miller, Contributions by John Twilley
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 176
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 229 mm
    Thickness: 16 mm
    Weight: 463 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780520258334
    ISBN 10: 0520258339
    Classifications

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.1
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: AFKB, HBLA
    BIC E4L: ART
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    BISAC V2.8: SOC003000
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    BIC subject category V2: HD
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 37
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15830
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    BISAC V2.8: PHI002000
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 24
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, ART026000
    BIC subject category V2: ACG
    BISAC V2.8: ART015060
    DC22: 733.5, 733.3
    LC subject heading: ,
    DC22: 733/.3
    LC classification: N7587.P6 M55 2009
    LC subject heading: , , , , ,
    Thema V1.0: AGA, NK, NHC, AFKB
    Illustrations note
    7 color illustrations, 101 b/w photographs
    Publisher
    University of California Press
    Imprint name
    University of California Press
    Publication date
    01 December 2009
    Publication City/Country
    Berkerley
    Author Information
    Stephen G. Miller is Professor Emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of many books, including Arete: Greek Sports from the Ancient Sources, Third Edition (UC Press). John Twilley is an independent art conservation scientist.
    Review quote
    "Meticulously researched... A careful examination." European Legacy 20120801