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Pompeii Casts. Unidentified cast of a victim. Possibly the running man from the Palaestra?

 

Estelle Lazer provided this information by email:

The cast image is a bit of a mystery. I have spoken to several people about it and no one seems to know when it was cast or where it came from.

It was stored in the church in Pompeii and came back to the site when the cast restoration project started in 2015.

We have x-rayed it extensively. It has what appears to be a complete skeleton and appears to be intact. 

I will certainly let you know if I can manage to find out more about it.  

 

Recently when looking at NdS for the Palestra, we came across a description of a second cast taken there, near the “crouching man”. 

Maiuri described him as “The one was a beautiful young man's body with agile legs knocked down on the portico floor at the first fall of the ashes.”

And also according to Maiuri “the handsome body of a young man, one of those strong, agile young men from Campania, with athletic legs just made for running and for the last gasp of the race”. The victim had been identified as an athlete, also because of the discovery near his body of bronze strigils, usually used by gymnasts.”

This would seem to fit the above fugitive with his strong muscular legs, but we cannot be certain.

For Maiuri’s “Scavo della “Grande Palestra” nel quartiere dell’Anfiteatro, - see Notizie degli Scavi, Anno 1939, Fascicoli 7, 8, 9, on pages 165-238.

See Guzzo, P. (ed), (2003). Tales from an eruption. Milano, Electa. (p.143, article by Tiziana Rocco, and (p.144) for photos of items found.

 

If you can help us with identifying this cast please get in touch.

 

Pompeii. April 2019. Cast on display at Pompeii in the display area near the amphitheatre entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

Pompeii. April 2019. Cast on display at Pompeii in the display area near the amphitheatre entrance. Photo courtesy of Rick Bauer.

 

Pompeii. May 2018. Cast on display at Pompeii in the display area near the amphitheatre entrance. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.
With his beautiful, muscled legs, we are wondering if he was the other plaster-cast taken in the Palaestra by Maiuri and described as “a man still appearing to be running, even in death”.

Pompeii. May 2018. Cast on display at Pompeii in the display area near the amphitheatre entrance. Photo courtesy of Buzz Ferebee.

With his beautiful, muscled legs, we are wondering if he was the other plaster-cast taken in the Palaestra by Maiuri and described as “a man still appearing to be running, even in death”.

 

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View from feet to head. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.
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Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View from feet to head. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

 

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View of left side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View of left side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

 

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View of right side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. View of right side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

 

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. Cast (in centre) viewed from right side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

Cast of the running man from the Palaestra? September 2015. Cast (in centre) viewed from right side. On exhibition in the amphitheatre.

 

 

 

 

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