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The Statues

The four larger-than-life stone statues designed by Ludwig von Schwanthaler prominently situated at the flight of stairs are affectionately called "the four magi" by the Munich population. From left to right, the statues represent the founder of scholarly historiography, Thukydides, the creator of the Ilias and the Odyssee, Homer, the philosopher and teacher of Alexander the Great, Aristoteles, and the most famous physician of antiquity, Hippokrates. In total, they symbolise the diversity of sciences, the collection of whose literature was the mission of the Royal Court and State Library.