the original of this work was sculpted to commemorate the victory of the greek kingdom of peragammon over a tribe of invading gauls. it portrays a fatally wounded gallic warrior who supports himself on one arm before succumbing to his wounds. the sculptor has endowed the dying gaul with a nobility of spirit which inspired the poet byron to write, "he consents to death, yet conquers agony." the 3rd century b.c. bronze original of this work has been lost but a fine marble copy exists in capioline museum, rome.