Aphrodite Holding a Shield

Aphrodite Holding a Shield. 2nd century CE. Anatalya Archaeological Museum, Perge Collection. Photograph by Wolfgang Sauber.

From the posture, proportions, and drapery, this is believed to be a Roman copy of the Hellenistic Venus de Milo by Alexandros of Antioch.

The inscription on the shield says, “Claudius Peison dedicated this”. Claudius Peison was a wealthy citizen of Perge in the 2nd Century CE. Several other statues and altars dedicated by him have been found at Perge.

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