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Athens, National Archaeological Museum, Neptune of Artemision, bronze, 3rd c. B.C.

Poseidon of Artemision is a masterful work of ancient Greek art. Hosted at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens. Believed to represent the Zeus brandishing shrapnel or lightning or Neptune holding his trident. The object he was holding was not found.

Found into the sea, near the cape of Artemision in Euboea, at the point of a shipwreck in the middle of the 2nd century B.C. Preceded the finding of the left hand in 1926 and the rest of the statue in 1928. The finding was published by George Oekonomou in 1928 in "Proceedings of the Academy of Athens". The exploration of the shipwrecked vessel was stopped in 1928 due to the death of one of the divers and has not repeated. It is believed that the ship was carrying Greek artworks to Italy

(Translation from Wikipedia C. Theodorou)

The National Archaeological Museum is the largest museum in Greece. 11,000 exhibits, provide a panorama of Greek civilization from the beginnings of Prehistory to Late Antiquity. There are permanent and periodic collections of every greek territory and the most famous classical statues of the antiquity.

(Text by C. Theodorou)

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  • Uploaded on January 6, 2013
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    by Christos Theodorou
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