– 400 C.E.
Ancient Cultures

Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs


Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs, from Constantinople, c. 305, porphyry, 4' 3" high (St. Marks, Venice)

Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker

Note: the missing left foot of the right most figure was found at the Philadelphion near the Bodrum Mosque in present day Istanbul. The foot fragment is displayed at the Istanbul Archaeology Museum.

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Portraits of the Four Tetrarchs
St. Mark's Basilica, Venice c. 305 C.E.; looted from the Philadelphion, Constantinople (now Istanbul) during the 4th crusade in 1204
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