Moonday’s Historic Hunk: Apollo the Archer

Apollo in Pompeii

ON A PERSONAL NOTE:  The Sizzlers have shared our journey toward publication in romance for almost two years.  Last week, I contracted with Champagne Books for my paranormal shapeshifter novella (working title-The Wedding Planner) for Summer, 2012 which will be published as an ebook.  Thanks so much for the support and encouragement of  my Sizzling sisters.  Rita Bay

When Vesuvius erupted in AD 79, the city of Pompeii was devastated.  The volcano  lies near the city of Naples in Italy.  Once a thriving city of about 20,000, the population was decimated by heat and ash.  The town was not rediscovered until 1599, buried under several yards of hardened ash and pumice.  What emerged was the first true picture of Roman life in the first century AD.  Food, wine, furniture, statuary and the residents of Pompeii came to light as the city was excavated. 

Moonday’s Heroic Hunk is a bronze statue of the god Apollo Saettante (Apollo as an Archer).  It was originally located in the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii and dates from about 100 BC.  The majority of the figure was unearthed in pieces in 1817 and the remainder was discovered the following year.  The statue stands slightly less than 5 feet tall.

The Roman god Apollo was associated with prophecy, music, intellectual pursuits, healing, plague, the sun and archery.  Unfortunately, his arrows could send plague to those unwary humans who had pissed him off.  The bow and arrow are missing.

Next week, a different Apollo.   

Special Note:  This week,  Rita will feature the huts and palaces of ancient Britain.  Check out the earliest settlements of Star Carr and Skara Brae from Sunday and the Fishbourne Roman villa today.       Rita Bay

2 Responses

  1. Woman, you put that type of news in all caps, and bold! LOL Congratulations on publication, Rita! So proud and happy for you! Eager for cover art and publication date!

    I’ve read some of the published reports on the excavations (had to do something while those covered wagons rolled across the prairie! Yes, it’s been a while, but it stuck) and what was uncovered. Was disturbed and fascinated by photographs; it was as if things were frozen in time. Good for us as far as understanding a part of history, but horrible for Pompeii’s inhabitants to be smothered in hot ash.

    Interesting segment of history, Rita. Thanks!

    • Thanks so much, Runere. I lived a couple of hourse from Pompeii for about two years. Been there more than a dozen times–it is a strange and compeling place. The plaster casts created from the cavities of the decaying bodies are disturbing. They now believe that most of the residents were killed almost instantly by superheated air during the eruption. Rita Bay

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