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Statue of Aristotle by A. Alexiades outside Polygyros Town Hall, Halkidiki, Macedonia, Greece at My Favourite Planet

A modern statue of Aristotle by A. Alexiades outside Polygyros Town Hall.
 
Just about every town in Macedonia seems to be getting a statue of the philosopher Aristotle (Ἀριστοτέλης, 384-322 BC), who was born in the nearby city of Stageira.

Compare this statue of Aristotle to other modern portrayals of him in his home town and in Thessaloniki on Olympiada gallery page 5, where you can also read more about his life and his connection with Halkidiki.

The sculptor, A. Alexiades, has signed the sculpture but not dated it. The philosopher is portrayed as younger than in other modern sculptures of him which are based loosely on ancient Roman works, thought to be copies of a bronze original made around 330 BC by Lysippos, Alexander the Great's official portrait sculptor.

Aristotle is wearing a himation, a long woollen blanket wrapped around the torso with one end draped over the left shoulder, and backless sandles, and is holding a scroll, presumably of papyrus, in his right hand. The casket of scrolls beside his left foot (see photo below) is a nice touch.
 
A. Alexiades's statue of Aristotle in full length in Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece

Aristotle in full length
photos:
© David John
Aristotle's books in Polygyros, Halkidiki, Greece

Aristotle's portable library
  Alexander the Great plaque in Polygyros bus station

Alexander the Great plaque
in Polygyros bus station.

Alexander is another local hero whose
portrait is a common sight around Macedonia
and the rest of Greece. This profile is based on
Hellenistic coins depicting Alexander wearing
ram's horns, the symbol of Zeus Ammon.

See more ancient portraits of Alexander
on the Alexander the Great page
in the My Favourite Planet People section.
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