Five fragments of a Pasquino group: head of Menelaus; part of the right arm of Patroclus with the left hand of Menelaus; fragment of the back and chest of Patroclus; left foot of Menelaus with part of the plinth; left foot of Patroclus with part of the plinth.

  • Raeder #: 118
  • Collection: Vatican, Pio Clementino Museum
  • Inventory #: 593, 604, 606, 694, 727 (Sala dei Busti)
  • Provenance: Found 1769 by G. Hamilton in the Pantanello (A.H. Smith, JHS 21, 1901, 309); acquired 1771/72/75 by Museo Clementino.
  • Material: Marble
  • Dimensions: Nr. 593 - width 0.61 m; Nr. 604 - length 0.99 m; length of foot 0.37 m; Nr. 606 - length: 0.39, width 0.27, length of the foot: 0.265m; Nr. 694 - height 0.86m; Nr. 727 - length 0.57 m
  • Condition: On the Menelaus head (Nr. 694), supplemented are a large part of the right eye with eyebrow and part of the forehead, the outer part of the left eyebrow with the temple and part of the check with the upper beard edge, the nose with the medial part of the mustache and the lip, a piece of the lower lip, a few beard spikes, a few hair curls on the left side, the point of the crest, a large part of the chin guard, smaller parts of the centaur group, the entire bust; the other fragments of the group are unsupplemented.
  • Discussion: Another reproduction of the group seen in Cat. I 124. In my opinion, there is no such thing as a severed Achilles tendon in foot fragment I 124. Because of the heavily bleeding wound on the back of fragment Nr. 593, I support the interpretation of the group as that of Menelaus with the dead Patroclus; see also, R. Hampe, GGA 228, 1976, 226.
  • References: O. Müller in: Amalthea III (1825) 258; Penna IV Plate 91.92; O. Donner, AdI 42, 1870, 75ff.; Winnefeld 158; Amelung, Vat. Kat. II 491 Nr. 293 I; 506 Nr. 311; 563 Nr. 377 F; 567 Nr. 384 A; 569 Nr. 384 D Plate 63.66.67; Gusman 307 Figure 553.554; G. Krahmer, RM 38/39, 1923/24, 162; G. Krahmer, Ertesitö 41, 1927, 259; H. Müller in: Text zu BrBr 772-75, p. 101; B. Schweitzer, AbhLeipzig 43, 1936, 4 Nr. 4; Lippold, Plastik 362 Footnote 17; Helbig 4 I Nr. 165.170.197.200; B. Andreae, AntPl XIV (1974) 88ff. Nr. 3.2.4. 1-5.
  • Plate #: n/a
  • Raeder page(s): 102-103
  • Full Citation: Joachim Raeder, Die statuarische Ausstattung der Villa Hadriana bei Tivoli (Peter Lang: Frankfurt am Main, Bern: 1963) 31.