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The Seven Sages

Stephen G. Miller

in The Berkeley Plato

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520258334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520943599 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520258334.003.0005
The Seven Sages

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Even though there is a lack of important details such as the material from which the herms were carved and dimensions of the shafts, the authenticity of the square-omicron set of portrait herms should be accepted even if the whereabouts of many of them are unknown at present. Evidence for the validity of this acceptance appeared already in the 1770s, when two significant additions were made to the group. Six of the herms found at this time clearly form a special group: Bias, Kleoboulos, Periander, Pittakos, Solon, and Thales. These are six of the Seven Sages; Cheilon of Lakedaimonia is missing from the group, although his absence may be simply the chance of discovery. In addition to the square-omicron script on each of these—which reveals some affinity to the Berkeley Plato—these six have brief statements added that were attributed to them.

Keywords: portrait herms; square-omicron; Seven Sages; Berkeley Plato

Chapter.  3737 words. 

Subjects: Classical Philosophy

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