Constructed around the Second Century AD, the marble 'Bust of Hesiod' presents an interpretation of the well-known Greek poet, Hesiod. The piece, a product of the Greco-Roman period, resides at a height of 0.86 meters. It demonstrates a high degree of precision and artistic skill, reflecting a comprehensive understanding of human form, anatomy, and depth.

Specifically, the bust is precisely hewed from marble to depict Hesiod—an eloquent display of the poet's apparent age as suggested by the deeply creased forehead and stern countenance. The sculptor has detailed features such as Hesiod’s curly beard and draped attire with meticulous precision, enhancing its realistic quality. The poised right hand appears to be in the midst of an expressive gesture, potentially referencing Hesiod's notoriety as a poet.

Although traditional identifiers for Hesiod such as a shepherd's crook and a papyrus scroll are missing, this statue emphasizes his influence as a public figure and accomplished poet through the gesture of declamation.

Hesiod, who lived circa 700 BC, holds a significant position in ancient Greece as a distinguished poet, known his wide range of contributions from mythology to astronomy. The statue stands as a physical record of this culturally important figure in the historical narrative of Greece.

The statue has endured natural deterioration over numerous centuries but remains substantially intact. Detectable damage includes minor losses on the lower clothing and the nose. However, such deterioration does not compromise the statue’s overall structure, indicating the material's quality and the sculptor's skill.

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