ancient greek statue; ancient history

Head of a wounded Amazon of the so-called “Capitol-Sosicles” type; Roman marble copy after a lost Greek bronze original, created by Polyclitus or Cresilas at Ephesus, ca. 440-430 BCE.  Found in the Horti of Maecenas; now in the Capitoline Museums, Rome.

      Ancient Hellas Polyphemus, head of Hellenistic statue (marble), 2nd century BC, (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).

This head comes from a group, probably of the blinding of Polyphemos, similar to that constructed from fragments found in the grotto at Sperlonga, along the Italian coast southwest of Rome. Polyphemos is based, in details of hair and beard, on a Pergamene centaur. The sculptor was wise in rejecting the… older tradition, one seen in Hellenistic terracottas, of showing the monstrous giant as a kind of fat-faced baboon, with large ears and his eye set like a beacon light in the middle of his forehead. Here the rugged, animal power of the creature has been stressed.
Broken off through the neck and the lower whiskers, the head is in relatively excellent condition, save for the damage to the beard below the mouth. The marble has a yellow-buff tone.

This is the head of the one-eyed, man-eating Cyclops whom Odysseus finally outwitted and blinded. Here the monster is in a peaceful mood, either waiting to receive the cup of wine offered him by Odysseus, or, more likely, gazing love-struck at the indifferent sea nymph Galatea. The head comes from a sculptural group that might have adorned a public fountain or a luxurious seaside villa. The type originated in the second century B.C., yet the lively and direct style of this piece makes difficult to judge whether it is a contemporary variant or a Roman copy.
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The Sanctuary of Isis in the Ancient Greek city of Dion which is located at the foot of Mount Olympus. A place of magic and wonderful vibes where nature and human intervention were meant to become one.

Photos: Vera Bousiou

Female marble statue, believed to be a Roman-era copy of a statue of Artemis by the Athenian sculptor Cephisodotus the Elder (fl. ca. 400-360 BCE).  Now in the Capitoline Museums, Rome.

Cult statue of Athena/Minerva, with a face of the so-called “Carpegna Athena” type.  Made from alabaster, basalt, marble, and plaster.  Artist unknown; late 1st cent. BCE or early 1st cent. CE.  Found in the PIazza dell’Emporio, Rome; now in the National Museum of Rome - Palazzo Massimo alle Terme.

Limestone head from the statue of a worshiper of Apollo, bearded and wearing a helmet with upturned cheek-pieces.  Found at the sanctuary of Apollo in the ancient city of Idalion, Cyprus.  Artist unknown; ca. 525-500 BCE.  Now in the British Museum.  Photo credit: George M. Groutas/Wikimedia Commons.