-Janet Wallwork mentioned the fabulous statues of The Dying Gaul and
-The Suicide. Pity you didn't see a marvellous exhibition some 20 yrs
-ago on *I Galli e l'Italia* where a strong case was presented for
-considering these statues to be one set. If so, one can only
-speculate on the meaning of the piece. Walter.
There are a number of statues of "Gauls" in the museums of Europe,
and some may indeed come from the same monument. A few weeks ago I
saw three excellent examples in the Museo Archeologico in Venice,
which are linked with single statues in the Louvre and in Naples.
Many were on show in the wonderful "I Celti" exhibition in Venice in
1991, and there is a good article by Bernard Andreae, "The Image of
the Celts in Etruscan, Greek and Roman Art" (as well as one on The
Dying Gaul) in its catalogue "The Celts" edited by Venceslas Kruta
(and others) and published variously by Bompiani in Milan and Thames &
Hudson in London.
These articles claim that the Dying Gaul and the Gaulish couple were
part of the huge monument depicting vanquished foes erected by Attalus
I at Pergamum after 228BC. The other figures may have come from a
later monument erected in Athens after 168BC.