Archaeology great Moreno, who studied Riace Bronzes, dies

He taught at universities of Bari, Sapienza, Roma Tre

05 March, 12:17

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, MARCH 5 - The world of archaeology and ancient art history is mourning the passing of Professor Paolo Moreno, who died on Friday morning in Rome. He was 86.

    A great researcher who had a great talent in transmitting his knowledge, the archaeologist made several interesting attributions and identifications, from Fidia to Prassitele the old and gave an enormous contribution in the study of the Riace Bronzes.

    According to Moreno, beauty in ancient art had instant appeal: "It is good for us, it is a necessary message in our time and people understand it", he used to say in television interviews.

    Moreno spent a long time studying the Riace Bronzes, the marvelous statues that were discovered by chance in the waters of Calabria of which he spoke about also in his essay 'I Bronzi di Riace, Il Maestro di Olimpia e i Sette a Tebe (Electa)', identifying them as Tideo and Anfiarao. "The Bronzes are identifiable as Tideo and Anfiarao, of the Seven in Thebes, forged in Argos, respectively by Ageladas II of Argos and by Alcamenes of Lemnos, who were in turn responsible for the decoration of the temple of Zeus, solution to the tenacious anonymity of the Master of Olympia", he also explained on the website

    Born in 1934 in Udine, he graduated in Christian archaeology with Professor Adriano Prandi at the University of Bari, in Puglia. He also studied with Doro Levi at the Italian Archaeological School in Athens, with Ranuccio Bianchi Bandinelli and Giovanni Becatti in Rome (he obtained a higher degree at the National School of Archaeology in 1964).

    Among his positions as university professor, he also taught Archaeology and history of Greek and Roman art from 1992 until 2008 at the Università Roma Tre. He wrote at length about his discoveries regarding famous monuments: from Fidia to Prassitele as authors of the colossal bronze group from which the Dioscuri at the Quirinale palace are copied to the Victorious Youth at the Getty Museum as a bronze by Lisippo; from the Aphrodite described by Apollonio Rodio revealed in the Winged victory of Brescia to the denomination of Cleopatria Capitolina for the alleged Esquiline Venus. (ANSAmed)

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