Statues - Hither & Thither

Great Britain
Shrewsbury
Shropshire

West Midlands

Castle Gates
(Library)

Philomath and Polymath


1630

Shrewsbury /  Philomath and Polymath   Shrewsbury /  Philomath and Polymath

Description

Two stone statues of male figures in Elizabethan dress, representing Philomath and Polymath, being a student coming to learn and a learned scholar on leaving

Inscription(s)

Left figure:

φιλομαθης
Philomathes [he who loves learning]

Right figure:

πολυμαθης
Polymathes [he who has much learning]

In between both statues, on archway:

MDCXXX
ΔΙΔΑΣΚΑΛΕΙΟΝ
ΕΑΝ ΗΣ ΕΣΗ

Based on a quote from Isocrates, "εαν ης φιλομαθης, εσει πολυμαθης", If you are studious (loving learning), you will be(come) learned.
Διδασκαλειον means "school"

Annotation

The current Library and Museum building was formerly the Shrewsbury School building, built between 1590s and 1630.

Sources & Information

Tags

Location N 52°42'37" W 2°45'2"

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