Greek archaeologists discover Aristotle bust near Acropolis
Oct 25, 2006, 10:40 GMT
A handout photograph showing a Roman-era marble bust of Greek philosopher Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC), Athens, Tuesday 24 October 2006. The 46-centimetre (18-inch) bust, an excellently preserved likeness of the 4th century philosopher, was unearthed during recent archaeological excavations at the foot of the Acropolis in Athens. EPA/ALK. HOREMI / HANDOUT
Athens - A recently-discovered bust of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle has been described by archaeologists as the best-preserved likeness ever found, reports said Wednesday.
Discovered under the Acropolis, the Roman-era marble bust of the famous philosopher had probably occupied the nearby villa of a wealthy Roman citizen, senior archaeologist Alcestis Horemi was quoted by the Greek newspaper Kathimerini as saying.
The 46-centimetre bust, which dates to the 1st century AD, is the first to depict Aristotle's hooked nose.
The majority of Roman-era busts of Aristotle, who was once a teacher to Alexander the Great, show the philosopher's nose as being straight or upturned.© 2006 dpa - Deutsche Presse-Agentur