Marble statue of Odysseus.

From the Antikythera wreck.

First half of 1st century BC.

Odysseus, wearing a sleeveless short garment (exomis) and the characteristic pointed hat (pilos), strides forcefully forward, while he looks back to see if someone is following him.

The ingenious and cunning, well-travelled, King of Ithaca embodies the eternal symbol of the long and strenuous endeavour of man through life.