The Telamone at the Archaeological Museum of Terni
Kept for years in the archaeological museum of Perugia, the Telamone has returned to 'its' city. Found in Terni in 1971, it can now be admired in all its majesty at the 'Giontella' del Chaos archaeological museum.
The sculpture of the Roman age, about two meters high, and eight quintals of weight, of a fine-grained, very white marble, has been studied for a long time and, according to the studies conducted by the superintendence for archaeological heritage of Umbria, the stylistic characteristics would place it in the Hadrianic age. The Telamon was part of the architectural and sculptural decoration of the Canopus of Villa Adriana in Tivoli, a unique residence that evokes the most famous places of the Roman Empire. The work was transported to Terni between 554 and 565, at the time of the reconstructions made in the Justinian era, after the defeat of the Goths by Narsete during the battle of Tagina (today's Gualdo Tadino). In Terni it should have adorned the Roman gate of the city, demolished by the Goths. In support of this thesis there is the presence of other Telamons at the side of the entrance arch of the Roman city gates, well documented since the Hellenistic age. Regarding its original location, there are still many "mysteries" that certainly increase the charm of this splendid find.