Roman Copy of Aphrodite
I decided to do my DIA visit on the copy of Aphrodite during the Greco-Roman period. The picture to the right is a picture of the actual statue located at the DIA. The time of the statue is around the 1st Century CE. It is a sculpture in-the-round, made of marble which is a copy of a Greek bronze carving. Usually she is depicted nude because it symbolizes her beauty and sexual attractiveness. It is a 63x24x24in statue so its around five feet tall and two feet in all directions
In Greek mythology Aphrodite is the Goddess of love, beauty and sexual rapture. She was born when the God Uranus, who is the father of all Gods, was castrated or neutered by his son Cronus. Cronus then threw the genetalia into the ocean. The ocean started to foam and out of the foam rose Aphrodite who was carried by the ocean to Cyprus or Cythera. She is also referred to as Kypris and Cytherea due to the location that she was sent to after her creation. Now Homer who is a Greek poet says that Aphrodite is the daughter of Zeus and Dione.
So when she was created, Zeus was worried that all the other gods would fight over her hand in marriage so he married her off to Hephaestus, who was one of the steadies Gods. Zeus made her a lot of jewels using his power including a girdle that has been wrought of gold and has magic woven into the filigree work. The mistake he made is that when she wore this girdle, she became more irresistible than usual, no man could resist her. Now Aphrodite is more of a glamour Goddess in the fact that she is not the typical wife. She does not like being the wife of a traditional hard working male.
Aphrodite had a love affair with the God of Plants and Rebirth, Adonis. The story goes is that Adonis was a good looking man who had captured Aphrodite's heart. Aphrodite was leaving on a trip and warned Adonis not to stray too far from the forest and to stay away from the beast that did not run away from...