Parian Chronicle

The Parian Marble (or Parian Chronicle or Marmor Parium) is a Greek chronological table, covering the years from 1581 BC to 264 BC. It was deciphered by John Selden. It is currently broken into two fragments:

The larger fragment was brought to London in 1627, and presented to Oxford University in 1667. It currently resides in the Ashmolean Museum at Oxford. It is considered one of the Arundel Marbles. It covers the history from 1581–-354 B.C.

The smaller fragment is in a museum on Páros. It covers the years from 356–-299 B.C.

The phrase Parian marble is also sometimes used to describe the type of marble used for the chronicle, and for many popular sculptures (for example, the Praxiteles statue of Hermes, and the Venus de Milo. It derives its name from the island of Páros.


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