Discobolus Palombara - Rome, Italy
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member hykesj
N 41° 54.074 E 012° 29.915
33T E 292511 N 4641836
A classic Roman sculpture that helped celebrate the 1996 Olympics on a U.S. postage stamp.
Waymark Code: WM188FN
Location: Lazio, Italy
Date Posted: 06/18/2023
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 2

If frequent imitation and the ability to withstand the test of time is any indication of popularity, Myron’s 5th century BC bronze statue of a discus thrower would have to rate very highly. Though the original has been lost, several descriptions of it exist in ancient texts attributing the statue to the Greek sculptor. It was especially popular among the ancient Romans as several copies in different media have been uncovered.

This particular example was discovered in 1781 during excavations at the Villa Palombara in Rome. It was famously bought by Hitler in 1938 and brought to Germany where it was displayed at the Glyptothek in Munich. It was returned to Italy ten years later and has found a home in the Palazzo Massimo in Rome, one of Italy’s national art museums. It dates from around 140 AD and is made of marble.

Over the years, the Discobolus has become inextricably associated with the Olympic Games. The Olympics are no stranger to postage stamps and the discus thrower has made appearances on many of them. The U.S. has used the image twice: once for the 1932 games and again in 1996, albeit two different versions of the statue were depicted. (A third version appeared on a 1965 stamp promoting physical fitness.) This 1996 stamp, which commemorated the Atlanta Olympics, specifically shows this version in the Palazzo Massimo branch of the Museo Nazionale Romano near the main railway terminal.
Stamp Issuing Country: United States

Date of Issue: 19-Jul-1996

Denomination: 32c

Color: brown

Stamp Type: Single Stamp

Relevant Web Site: Not listed

Visit Instructions:
To post a visit log for this category, you must visit the actual site of the waymark. Post at least one photo that you personally took of the site if at all possible. If you cannot provide a photo for some reason, your visit will still be welcome.

You do NOT need to be a stamp collector to visit the waymark site, nor do you have to provide a photo of the stamp. Just having a copy of the stamp in question, however, is not sufficient; you must personally visit the site.
Search for...
Geocaching.com Google Map
Google Maps
Bing Maps
Nearest Waymarks
Nearest Philatelic Photographs
Nearest Geocaches
Create a scavenger hunt using this waymark as the center point
Recent Visits/Logs:
There are no logs for this waymark yet.