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Tiberius and Apoxyomenos

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Emperor Tiberius admired very much the statue of the Lysippos – showing Apoxyomenos, an athlete cleaning his body with a wooden scraper (stryngilos). The original statue has not survived to our times. The sculpture is known for its marble copy at the Pio-Clementino Museum in the Vatican.

The statue was commissioned by Agrippa, which was put in front of his terms. Tiberius at the beginning of his reign was so focused on the figure that he ordered her to move to his palace. However, his decision met with great public dissatisfaction and therefore he withdrew his order. Finally, the athlete statue returned to the thermal baths.

  • Pliny the Elder, Natural History

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