Trivium Art HistoryAncient Rome

Statue of Aphrodite

Statue of Aphrodite, 100 CE — Ancient Rome,
158.8 cm

Ancient Rome owed much of its art and culture to Greece, whose obsession with physical perfection and philosophical rigor left an easily co-opted legacy of art and myth.

This Roman statue of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, was itself a copy of a statue made nearly 500 years before by the Greek sculptor Praxiteles. Aphrodite herself was a Greek goddess originally, renamed Venus by the Romans.

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