Peter Jones

What the Romans would have made of Diana’s statue

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The recently unveiled funerary monument of Princess Diana prompts comparison with Greek and Roman archetypes.

To many, Diana was a heroic figure. Greek sculptors represented females as dignified figures, intricately coiffed, in graceful, loose-fitting, free-flowing tunics and ankle-length cloaks, with contrasting vertical and diagonal folds. Males were nude, a public statement of power and physical perfection, as if human significance did not end in death.

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