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date: 18 April 2024

'Riace warriors'free

'Riace warriors'free

  • Antony Spawforth


  • Greek Material Culture

‘Riace warriors’, two masterpieces of Greek bronze-casting, from (it seems) an ancient shipwreck; found off the toe of Italy in 1972. Standing nudes, 1.97–8 m. high, they originally held weapons; on technical grounds they are thought to come from the same workshop. A dating round the mid-5th cent. bce is gaining ground; later dates have advocates. Attempts to see in them famous lost works are, by their nature, highly speculative. See phidias; sculpture, greek.


  • A. Stewart, History of Greek Sculpture 1 (1990), 147–8 (bibliog. at 343).