The existence of an Aphrodisian sculptural school was first proposed in 1943, on the basis of numerous statues in Roman and other museums signed by sculptors bearing the ethnic ‘Aphrodisieus’; examples include two centaurs from Hadrian's villa at *Tibur by Aristeias and Papias, now in the Capitoline Museum at Rome, and an *Antinous relief by Antonianus. Excavations at *Aphrodisias, begun in 1961, have confirmed a rich sculptural tradition beginning in the 1st cent.
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