This statue is a Roman copy of a Greek original of the 3rd century BC. The sculpture probably shows Odysseus stealing the ancient statue of the goddess Athena, known as the Palladium. This statue was revered in Troy, and the fate of Troy depended on its possession. Odysseus and Diomedes penetrated in the enemy city and stole Athena’s statue.
The hero, wearing only a "pilos" and a short cloak, is depicted with the raw sword in his right hand: his glaze reveals a strong anxiety and concentration.
3rd Cent. BC Hellenistic sculpture
Roman copy, 2nd Cent. AD,
Legato Giovanni Grimaldi
Venice, National Archaeological Museum