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The Munich Doryphoros: Venerated—Suppressed—Forgotten AND Poetry Reading by Marton Csokas of poetry by Gabriele Tinti

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The Munich Doryphoros

The Munich Doryphoros

John A. and Cynthia Fry Gunn Theater

Lecture Presented by Dr. Rolf Schneider, Professor Emeritus for Classical Archaeology, Ludwig-Maximilians University, Munich; Honorary Professor for Classical Studies, University of Cape Town (2016‒2019); and Guitty Azarpay Visiting Professor, University of California, Berkeley (January‒May 2018)

This lecture discusses the making and reception of Polykleitos’s famous Doryphoros (Spear Bearer) in the collection of the Ludwig-Maximilians University. An exceptional piece of sculpture, the statue is the reconstruction of the lost bronze statue made by the Greek sculptor, Polykleitos, around 440 BCE. Unknown to most, a memorial with the Spear Bearer was set up in 1921 in the center of the University’s main building in memory of the 1,026 university members, who fell in WWI. Although the memorial itself was destroyed In World War II by US bombs, the Spear Bearer miraculously survived and was later re-erected on campus. Its former memorial context, however, has been conveniently forgotten.

Intermission (to allow audience to come and go)

Join us for a dramatic poetry reading by New Zealand actor Marton Csokas, featuring poems by Italian poet and writer Gabriele Tinti and inspired by classical sculpture. The poet will also present videos of his poetry performed in other museums and will be available for Q&As. This performance is cosponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute. The Ancient Art Council would like to thank Paolo Barlera at the ICI and both Gabriele Tinti and Marton Csokas for making this possible.

Ticket Information

This lecture is free and open to the public after museum admission.


An Ancient Art Council lecture and poetry reading. The reading is cosponsored by the Italian Cultural Institute.

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(415) 750-3600