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Demosthenes (384/3-322)

Modern plaster replica of Roman marble copy of the Greek bronze original by the sculptor Polyeuktos, dating ca. 280 BCE. Perhaps the most well-known of the Greek orators, Demosthenes is said to have overcome his stuttering speech by speaking with pebbles in his mouth against the roar of the sea. A writer of speeches for the courts,

Demosthenes was a passionate defender of his native Athens and in a series of speeches known as the "Philippics" he urged his fellow-citizens to withstand the advances of Philip of Macedon, father of Alexander the Great. Over 50 Roman copies of the work are known; the original of ours is in the Vatican Museums in Rome.

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Nike (Victory) of Samothrace (reduced size)
Modern plaster replica (given to the Wilcox by the KU Department of French and Italian) at a about 1/2 scale of a Greek original of ca. 190 BCE (original is just over 8 ft tall). According to the small metal oval in the back, the cast was purchased from the Caproni Bros. cast company of Boston probably in 1885.

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