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In this new series of short videos, with subtitles and without, our Director, Professor Caroline Vout, looks at some of the standout pieces in our collection.

 

The Townley Discobolus

Original: British Museum, 1805,0703.43. Second century CE.
Cast: MOCA no.118. Purchased by Henry Sidgwick in 1880 for the Fitzwilliam Museum.
 
 

The Discobolus is a statue of a man throwing the discus, with his head pointing in the wrong direction: have you ever tried to throw the discus while looking down at your feet? But why does he face the wrong way? And why are there are other versions which look different? Find out more in this video.

Please scroll down the page for the subtitled version.

 

Want to see the Discobolus for yourself? This cast can be found in Bay C.

Want to know more about our cast of the Discobolus? Check out our research catalogue.

 

This series of videos was produced by Communicator Limited. To see more of their work, find them on Vimeo and Twitter, @C21classics.

Every cast tells two stories.
One ancient. One modern.

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