Famous greek statues of gods

The classical art of ancient Greece turned out by the 5th century BC. e. It has come a long way since then. In the "dark ages" after the fall of Mycenaean Greece, the Hellenes tried wooden sculptures called hoaps or xoans. They are known only from the testimonies of ancient authors because the wooden kanyso themselves have been lost. Xhoans were often kept in the temples of the Classical era, surrounded by reverence for their antiquity.

In subsequent centuries, Hellene's statues were made of stone. By the end of the 7th century BC. e. a new type of art was opened, which became a step towards classical art - Kouros. It is available a statue of a naked youth. Kouros baited an athlete or a god. Smiles were often recorded on the faces of kouros and kors.

Statues of kouros

Statues of kouros became symbols of one Archaic era of Greece. They were built in many cities in the Greek world. The first masters appear, recognized as names preserved for history. For example, the statue of an athlete was created by the Argive master Polymedes. The Chios sculptor Archermus wrought a statue of the goddess Nike. Masters Royk and Theodore became famous for the fact that they began to cast bronze statues.

Kouroi and Korai

There are both monumental sculptural statues of the Archaic era and small plastic. For example, on the island of Naxos, a tumor of one of the Olympian gods 12 meters high was found.

Zeus

Zeus is the main deity of ancient Greek mythology, the king of all other gods, the personification of the boundless sky, and the lord of lightning. In Roman religion, he was associated with Jupiter

Statues of Zeus

Poseidon

Poseidon - the god of the seas, among the ancient Greeks - is the second deity in importance after Zeus. As the personification of the changeable and stormy water element, Poseidon was closely associated with earthquakes and volcanic activity. In Roman mythology, he was identified with Neptune.
Statues of Poseidon

Hades

Hades is the lord of the gloomy underground kingdom of the dead, inhabited by the incorporeal shadows of deadly and terrible demonic creatures. Hades (Hades), Zeus, and Poseidon made up the triad of the most powerful gods of Ancient Hellas. As ruler of the depths of the earth, Hades was also associated with agricultural cults, with whom his wife, Persephone, was closely associated. The Romans called it Pluto.
Statues of Hades

Hera

Hera is the sister and wife of Zeus, the main female goddess of the Greeks. The patroness of marriage and conjugal love. Jealous Hera severely punishes the violation of marriage bonds. The Romans corresponded to Juno.
Statues of Hera

Artemis

Artemis stands closer to nature than her brother, who operates more in the realm of the spirit. She gives light and life, she is the goddess of childbirth and the goddess-nurse, she guards herds and game. She loves forest animals, but also pursues them. Accompanied by forest nymphs, Artemis hunts through forests and mountains.

Statues of Artemis

Apollo

Life among free nature is her delight; she never submitted to the power of love and, like Apollo, does not know the bonds of marriage. This idea of a virgin huntress is especially developed in the ideas about Artemis, while a similar trait in the character of Apollo completely recedes into the background. On the contrary, other qualities inherent in Apollo, for example, the attitude to music and the gift of prophecy, are expressed in the legends about his sister only in faint hints.

Statues of Apollo

Apollo is the illuminating and life-giving force of the sky. The god Apollo spends the winter near the Hyperboreans, behind the Ripean mountains, in the country of the sun; and when it returns with the swans (bright clouds) in the spring, it infuses life into nature, joy and the desire to sing into the human chest. With his well-aimed arrows - the rays of the sun - he strikes the snake Python and other monsters of darkness, and in the summer heat he kills the beautiful young man Iakinf (Hyacinth), who personifies flowers. With the development of ancient Greek culture, Apollo, the god of nature, became in the myths of Ancient Greece the representative of many phenomena of human life. The shepherd population of Thessaly and Arcadia revered him as the god of singing and shepherding, and told love stories about him and the nymphs. The hunters Apollo was a skilled shooter, the brother of Artemis, the goddess of hunting, who hunted with his sister through forests and mountains. Among the farmers of Ancient Greece, he was the god of the fields, giving ripening to the bread; among sailors - the god of the sea, floating on a dolphin on the waves; the townspeople have a god who protects the streets. The young men honored their ideal of masculine beauty in the mighty, eternally young handsome Apollo, and he was the patron of their gymnasiums and palestras, competitions in fisticuffs, running, and wrestling.

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