Prusias II, King of Bithynia, Reduced to Begging

Unknownabout 1413 - 1415

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum

This image seemingly offers a conflicting visual message. The crown upon the man's head denotes his royal status, yet the walking stick and rucksack suggest a destitute state. Both are true since Prusias, once the rich and powerful ruler of Bithynia, was deposed by his son and reduced to begging. This punishment from God repaid Prusias for his violation of the laws of hospitality during the Second Punic War. The Carthaginian general Hannibal had asked Prusias for protection against the Roman army, but Prusias betrayed him.

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  • Title: Prusias II, King of Bithynia, Reduced to Begging
  • Date Created: about 1413 - 1415
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Physical Dimensions: w29.6 x h42 cm
  • Type: Folio
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  • External Link: http://www.getty.edu/art/gettyguide/artObjectDetails?artobj=112352
  • Medium: "Tempera colors, gold leaf, gold paint, and ink on parchment"
  • illuminator: Unknown
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  • Subject: Prusias II