Marble statue of Odysseus
From the shipwreck of Antikythera. First half of 1st c. BC.
ΕΑΜ, Γ 5745
Odysseus, wearing a sleeveless short garment (exomis) and the characteristic pointed hat (pilos), strides forcefully forward, while he looks back to see if someone is following him. The ingenious and cunning, well-travelled, king of Ithaka embodies the eternal symbol of the long and strenuous endeavour of man through life.