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Young Aristocrat
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This larger-than-life statue of a youthful local aristocrat was found near the South Agora.  It dates to AD 130-140.

The young aristocrat holds a book roll in his left hand and wears a sleeved tunic and a richly carved toga—the form dress worn by Roman citizens.  On the fourth finger of his left hand he wears a large ring, and the surviving right foot wears a soft leather boot worn by Romans up to the rank of "knight" (= eques) but below that of senator.  He was probably from a "knight's" family. 

The rank of knight was won through service in the imperia administration and carried high social prestige.  The portrait has handsome features and thick curling locks in the manner of Antinous, the youthful companion of the emperor Hadrian, who died in AD 130.  (from the museum description)