In the collection of the British Museum, there is on display a row of four philosophers from Ancient Greece. All four busts are Roman copies of lost Greek originals, and all four are more than 2000 years old. I had the chance to visit the museum and took this picture. Meet the philosophical version of the fantastic four! As the museum describes it, they “portray a generic type of human intelligence, one that sought knowledge through a life of temperance, endurance and moral incorruptability.”
From left to right with comments from the museum’s information about the display: Socrates – “the intellectual father of Hellenistic philosophy”; Antisthenes – “founder of the Cynic school of philosophy” and a younger contemporary of Socrates; Chrysippos – “developed the Stoic school of philosophy founded in Athens around 280 BC by Zeno”; Epikouros – “founder of the Epicurean school”.