Item:Q5467

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Fıratlı, N., La sculpture byzantine figurée au Musée archéologique d'Istanbul , Paris 1990 , 32-4 no. 64 [edit]

Base for bronze statue of Porphyrius, charioteer. Constantinople, Hippodrome. 500-510 [edit]

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FRONT FACE Upper register, above the band separating upper and middle register (remains of letters towards the right edge): ...victory... Middle register, above the band separating middle and lower register: ... of the Greens [and] ... Lower register, upper angles. Left: Right: P[or]ph[yrius] BACK FACE Surmounting panel (Anth. Plan. 352): The sculptor produced a bronze resembling the charioteer: But would that he had worked out also the vastness of his skill, the vastness together with the beauty, a thing which nature having it brought forth after a long while swore: "I cannot travail for a second time.“ She swore it with truthful lips, for to Porphyrius First and alone she gave all her gifts. Upper register, above head of Tyche: [Bei]rut Band separating upper and middle register (Anth. Plan. 353): If envy could be at rest and one would want to judge the contests [impartially], all men are witnesses of Porphyrius’ achievements.Yes, perhaps they would say, counting up his combats: "A humble reward is this for so many toils.“ Because all that is distributed to the charioteers to adorn them forever, he gathered into one and appeared so great. LEFT SIDE Surmounting panel (Anth. Plan. 356): For others, time is the motive of their rewards; those who because of their victories are judged [worthy], are not in need of grey hair, but of the virtue, to which vaunt is attached. Thanks to her [the virtue] Porphyrius twice gained the splendour of such gifts, not boasting of decades of years, but of many hundreds of victories and all of them akin to the Graces. Upper register, abvoe head of Tyche: Nikome(dia) Below upper register: What more would you want to show to the people but this victory for the Greens? On the course you have forced down those against you, and you took prisoners, Porphyrius, those who hate you. Middle register, above the head of right dancer: I, Dazis say: victory is the lot of the Greens RIGHT SIDE Surmounting panel (Anth. Plan. 351): Blameless heralds of your achievements, Porphyrius, are the wreaths also from your adversaries. Because all the rival charioteers you put to a shame in the races, one after the other, always; they were a toy for your horsemanship. And therefore you alone hast obtained a unusual honour, a brazen portrait statue in the area of both factions. Band below upper register: +Submitting the contests to the Greens, and saying that this outstanding entertainment was a child’s game for Porphyrius, they [the Blues] confess to be defeated, they who often sought you, Porphyrius.
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