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The Antikythera Ephebe

The Antikythera Ephebe is a bronze statue of a young man of languorous grace that was found in 1900 by sponge-divers in the area of an ancient shipwreck off the island of Antikythera, Greece. It was the first of the series of Greek bronze sculptures that the Aegean and Mediterranean yielded up in the twentieth century which have fundamentally altered the modern view of Ancient Greek sculpture. The wreck site, which is dated about 70–60 BC, also yielded the Antikythera Mechanism, an astronomical calculating device, a characterful head of a Stoic philosopher, and a hoard of coins. The coins included a disproportionate quantity of Pergamene cistophoric tetradrachms and Ephesian coins, leading scholars to surmise that it had begun its journey on the Ionian coast, perhaps at Ephesus; none of its recovered cargo has been identified as from mainland Greece.

The Ephebe, which measures 1.94 meters, slightly over lifesize, was retrieved in numerous fragments. Its first restoration was revised in the 1950s, under the direction of Christos Karouzos, changing the focus of the eyes, the configuration of the abdomen, the connection between the torso and the right upper thigh and the position of the right arm; the re-restoration is universally considered a success. The Antikythera Ephebe

The Ephebe does not correspond to any familiar iconographic model, and there are no known copies of the type. He held a spherical object in his right hand, and possibly may have represented Paris presenting the Apple of Discord to Aphrodite; however, since Paris is consistently depicted cloaked and with the distinctive Phrygian cap, other scholars have suggested a beardless, youthful Heracles with the Apple of the Hesperides. It has also been suggested that the youth is a depiction of Perseus holding the head of the slain Gorgon. At any rate, the loss of the context of the Antikythera Ephebe has stripped it of its original cultural meaning.

The Ephebe, dated by its style to about 340 BC, is one of the most brilliant products of Peloponnesan bronze sculpture;

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Comments (238)

hschwe on May 6, 2014

Εξαιρετική φωτογραφία, όμορφο τοπίο! Αρέσει και αγαπημένη! Χαιρετισμούς, Helmut

Nicola Morandi on May 7, 2014

Foto molto carina! Tanti Saluti dal Trentino, Nicola M.Like+Fav

María Fernando on May 26, 2014

L 227. Saludos amistosos.

Rosa M. Olivan M.(-… on June 3, 2014

interesante ++++++

Abdullah kıyga on August 15, 2014

Beautiful interior capture 📷 LIKE

Ferlancor Pano Yes on September 6, 2014

Beautiful interior perspective; lovely light.


My best wishes.


Georg Schreiner on September 16, 2014

Beautiful bronzestatue, excellent presented. F44+L231 - Best greetings - Georg

Karl Pallinger on September 18, 2014

sehr schönes Bild!!!!!!!!!!!! L viele Grüße, karl

Marco Rey on October 27

Bella foto dell'interno. L+F. Saluti, Marco

GerdaM. on October 29

Excellent interior shot !! Like&Fav!

Best regards,


Nabin Basnet on November 6

awesome picture! L+F and greetings ,Nabin

Beautiful! 47/236

Valeri Karjalainen on November 25

Very beautiful photo ! Like ! Greetings from Finland, Valeri .

Jaroslav Kuhtreiber on December 4

Krásny záber F+L. Zdravím Jaro



Hans -NO VIEWS on January 17

Beautiful! !!L&F!! Kind regards, Hans

Adem Dogan on February 8

Very remarkable and historical photo dear Nikos. YSL. with best wishes

RitaSh on February 18

Excellent photo! LF

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  • Uploaded on July 30, 2012
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    by Νίκος Γεωργακόπουλος
    • Camera: Panasonic DMC-FZ150
    • Taken on 2012/07/22 08:19:59
    • Exposure: 0.100s (1/10)
    • Focal Length: 4.50mm
    • F/Stop: f/2.800
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    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
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