Friday, January 8, 2010
Antique of the Week: Athena Brandishing her Aegis
A photo from my own collection, from the Acropolis Museum in Athens. This particular statue had a big influence on my own depiction of Athena in Olympians, especially in regards to her Aegis. Originally part of the Old Temple (built on the site before the insanely iconic Parthenon that still stands today) this Athena was part of a sculptural group depicting the Gigantomachy, the battle of the Olympians against the Earth-born Gigantes. As displayed in the museum (unfortunately I didn't seem to record any photos of this) she looms over a vanquished Gigante, the triumphant Goddess of War.