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STATUE OF A TOGATUS (Togatus from Petrara)


This sculpture, brought to light in 2003 during excavations which involved the Roman area of the ancient Locri in the Petrara district, represents the first extraordinary example of a "togatus" found in the territory of the ancient Municipium and has led the scholars, for the first time, to assume the presence on the Locrian territory of sculptors workshops whose production quality had nothing to envy to the contemporary workshops in Rome.

The statue, made of marble and dating back to the first century a.D., is about 2 metres and 30 centimetres high and portrays a man of mature age wearing a toga.

Such clothing, along with the severe and authoritative expression of the face, let us immediately think of a magistratus of the Municipium or, at least, a major character honored by the Locrian population to such an extent as to deserve a sculptural work.

Statue of a Togatus (Togatus from Petrara)


By the time of the discovery it was laying broken in three pieces (head, torso and pedestal) and so was shown, in 2005, at the National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii during the "Locri Frons Italiae" exhibition dedicated to the Roman age Locris.

Statue of a Togatus (Torso)
STATUE OF A TOGATUS (torso)
"Locri Frons Italiae" Exhibition
(National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii - 2005)

Statue of a Togatus (Head)
STATUE OF A TOGATUS (head)
"Locri Frons Italiae" Exhibition
(National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii - 2005)
Statue of a Togatus (Pedestal)
STATUE OF A TOGATUS (pedestal)
"Locri Frons Italiae" Exhibition
(National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii - 2005)

Afterwards the statue has undergone lengthy and thorough instrumental investigation studies preliminary to its restoration; restoration which was carried out between March and July 2008, allowing the recomposition of the parts of the sculpture unearthed five years before.
 

  Togato Di Petrara (Casino Macrž)
STATUE OF A TOGATUS (Togatus from Petrara)
 

Since August 2009, along with the opening to the public of the section of the National Archaeological Museum of Locri Epizephyrii dedicated to the archaeological finds of the Roman and late antiquity period, the statue can be enjoyed in its austere beauty at one of the Casino Macrž's new exhibition rooms.
 
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