Portrait bust of Plato.  The portrait show an older male with a beard, receding hair line, and wrinkles

Hellenistic. Cast of the original. Copy of a Greek original, possibly by Silanion, style of the 4th century BCE.


Plato (427 BCE – 348 BCE) was a Classical Greek philosopher, mathematician, writer of philosophical dialogues and founder of the Academy in Athens, the first institution of higher learning in the Western world. A student of Socrates and a teacher of Aristotle, Plato stands as an early founding figure of modern western philosophical thought. Throughout his life, Plato composed 36 ‘dialogues’ which have become paramount in teaching philosophy, logic and reasoning, and other subjects.

Original Statue

Artist: Silanion
Culture: GreekHellenistic
Century: 4th century BCE
Current Location: 

  • ancient greece
  • cast gallery
  • greek
  • hellenistic
  • philosopher
  • plato
  • portrait
  • sculpture