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Vertragus

"...a masterpiece of its kind."

Gavin Hamilton (who discovered the piece) in a letter to Sir Charles Townley

"...so the vertragi are named for their swiftness."

Arrian, Cynegeticus (III.6)

  Found near Civita Lavinia (Lanuvium) on a spur of the Alban Hills south of Rome, this endearing sculpture is in the closed Townley Collection of the British Museum.

A similar pair, equally affectionate, are in the Pio-Clementine Museum (Vatican).


Reference: "Gavin Hamilton's Letters to Townley" (1901) by A. H. Smith, The Journal of Hellenic Studies, 21, 306-321.

See also Charles Townley.

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