the original of this piece is in the national museum, naples, and was the means of identifying the likeness of the famous athenian philosopher who flourished 469-399 b.c., for it bears his name and also a greek inscription from plato’s crito, which reads, socrates speaking: "for i am and always have been one of those natures who must be guided by reason, whatever reason may be which upon reflection appears to me to be the best."

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