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Below some of the images that I was able to capture. I hope you won't find my explanations too excessive.


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Per se, it's not a Greek Art, but I couldn't resist posting these iconic pieces after seeing them with my own eyes.
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14th-Apr-2012 09:49 pm - Dionysus


Statue of Dionysus wearing an ivy wreath

This is a Roman copy 40-60 AD of a lost Greek original of 350-325 BC, said to be from near Naples.

'This heavily draped statue of the wine god Dionysus is one of a number of Roman copies and variants of a lost Greek original.  A similar statue in the Vatican Museum was inscribed at a later period with the name 'Sardanapalus', a mythical Assyrian king notorious for his decadent behaviour. There is however, no connection between Sardanapalus and this statue type of Dionysus.  While most late Classical statues of Dionysus show him as youthful and slightly effeminate,
this bearded version looks back to earlier Archaic representations of the god.'
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30th-Mar-2012 10:39 pm - Venus, British Museum


Roman, 1st or 2nd century AD. Belived to be based on an original by Praxiteles, the renowned 4th cent. BC Athenian sculptor. The arms and base were restored in the 18the century. 
25th-Mar-2012 09:30 pm - Greek sarcophagus


Terracotta sarcophagus from Clazomenae near Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) c. 500 BC

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6th-Mar-2012 08:46 pm - The Nereid Monument


This is the east side of the Nereid monument in the British Museum.  The tomb was built about 380 BC at Xanthos in south west Turkey, probably for a local ruler Arbinas and his family.


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This is usually identified as Mausolus, the Persian satrap of Caria and his wife Artemesia. They come from the podium of Mausolus's tomb, the Mausoluem at Halicarnassus which was one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World. Dated about 350 BC.

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20th-Feb-2012 01:51 pm - Statue of Athena, Louvre
This photo of Athena's statue was taken by my daughter in Louvre in previous April.
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19th-Feb-2012 08:56 pm - Demeter


The goddess Demeter, found in the sanctuary of Demeter, Knidos, dated to 350-330 BC.  She is shown seated on a throne, the paradigm of Greek womanhood, serene, mature, motherly and modestly veiled.  The head was carved seperately from the body. She would probably have held a libation bowl in one hand or a torch, and a statue of her daughter Persephone would perhaps have stood beside her. From the British Museum.

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