Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Antique of the Week: The God from the Sea

From my own trip to the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.

This is one of the most famous bronze statues that have come to us from ancient Greece. It avoided the fate of most ancient bronzes (being melted down) by being lost at sea-- it wasn't rediscovered until the 1920's! Most scholars believe that this statue represents Zeus, but others believe it be his brother, Poseidon (which would be cool, given how it was dramatically rescued from the Mediterranean sea). Notice that his right hand was obviously meant to be holding something-- like maybe a lightning bolt, or perhaps a trident. It's too bad it's empty, because whatever he once held would undoubtedly have told us the secret of the God from the Sea!

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