Material evidence of religious violence

I’ve been talking to people recently about what the material evidence of a major change in society looks like. Today, I will briefly discuss the example of the material evidence of the change in religion that occurred in Late Antiquity, when Christianity became the dominant religion in the Roman Empire. This change was brought about…

Phaon and Aphrodite

lionofchaeronea: Phaon and Aphrodite.  According to legend, Phaon was an elderly ferryman on the island of Lesbos; when Aphrodite came to him in disguise and he rowed her to the shore of Asia Minor without pay, she rewarded him with an ointment that made him young and strikingly handsome.  Side A of an Attic red-figure…

magnuschase: annabarbarian: So if Zeus, Hades, Poseidon, Hestia, Hera and Demeter are the oldest of the gods… and Demeter is the only one of the women who can have children with mortals… does that mean thar her babies are just as powerful as The Big Three Dudes Club’s kids? tumblr user annabarbarian asks the real…

Roman copy of the Aphrodite of Knidos by Praxilites. Pushkin Museum, Moscow. Photographed by Shakko, 2007.  The Aphrodite of Knidos was an innovative statue, the first to portray the goddess nude. It was greatly admired throughout antiquity. The statue vanished from Knidos in late antiquity, but many copies are known to have been made and…

Archaeologist Cornelia Love and the Temple of Aphrodite Euploia at Knidos

Archaeologist Iris Cornelia Love, Knidos 1969. “What I’ve accomplished so far, I owe to Aphrodite and the other gods.”  (X) The Temple of Aphrodite Euploia at Knidos was built in the 4th century B.C.E., and was famous for its monumental cult statue of the goddess, sculpted by Praxiteles. In 1967, Iris Love, then an assistant professor…

Ancient perfume workshop, Pyrgos-Mavroraki, Cyprus. When Aphrodite, lover of smiles, saw him [Anchises], she fell in love with him.                                                                          …

Aniconic Baetyl Cult Image from the Sanctuary of Aphrodite, District of Paphos, Western Cyrpus. Museum of  Palaepaphos, Kouklia, Cyprus.  In Theogany, Hesiod relates that Kronos castrated Ouranos, his father, and cast the severed flesh into the surging sea: They were swept away over the main a long time: and a white foam spread around them…

https://embedr.flickr.com/assets/client-code.js Cyprus – Petra tou Romiou – The birth of Aphrodite by Lucie Debelkova, 2007.  Via Flickr: “The birth of Aphrodite from the foam of the sea of Cyprus” It would be impossible for the Greeks not to create a goddess who would protect and personify natural beauty and physical perfection, two elements which the…

Aphrodite by Brenda Burke

Aphrodite by Brenda Burke, 2009. I wanted to give a magical quality to the birth of Aphrodite as she rises from the foam of the gold-leafed waves. I shaded my canvas with ultramarine, cobalt and cerulean blues and built up the decorative waves and foam with impasto and delicately enhanced and gilded them with golds…

bijoubell: Out of sea foam she was born. This is why She is called Stella Maris, Star of the Sea.

Aphrodite by Colette O’Brien. Mosaic, 2003. 

statuemania: First Secret Confided to Venus by François Jouffroy, 1839. Musée du Louvre, Paris. (Photo by Loreleianne)