Fragments of colossal porphyry statue of Diocletian in cuirass (lost ). From Alexandria. 297-302.

Two fragments of upper thighs with parts of the leather straps. H (of largest fragment): 160 cm. Total reconstructed H: 700 cm (Delbrueck). Porphyry.

In the second half of the 18th century the fragments lay at the foot of the column LSA-874. Later the French threw them into the sea. Still later they were brought to Paris and bought by the Comte Choiseul-Gouffier. In 1818 they went to a collection of a prince Bourbon-Conti and were last seen before 1870 in the garden of the Dukes de la Rochefoucauld-Doudeauville at Passy. In 1932 S.Reinach tried to find them for R. Delbrueck, but learned that their whereabouts were unknown.

The inscription of the column shows, that the statue represented Diocletian and was erected between 297 and 302 (see discussion onLSA-874)

Marianne Bergmann

Main Reference

Delbrueck, R., Antike Porphyrwerke. Studien zur spätantiken Kunstgeschichte, vol. 6, Berlin 1932, 100-101

Tkaczow, B., The topography of ancient Alexandria (An archaeological map), Warsaw 1993, 285-6 no. 269A