Moonday’s Heroic Hunk in History: Gift from the Sea

      Found in the sea off Cape Artemisium in Eubea in 1926, the Artemisium Bronze dates from 460 – 450 BC.  The six-foot tall statue represents either Zeus or Poseidon.  Since it is missing either a thunderbolt or a trident a definitive identification is impossible to make. Poseidon was the Greek god of the sea and earthquakes.  The symbol of Poseidon’s power was the trident, a three-pronged spear.  Zeus was the chief of the Greek gods.  His symbol was the thunderbolt.

    Since the statue had been underwater for more than 2,000 years, it had to undergo extensive cleaning and restoration.  The statue which is housed in the National Museum in Athens is posed to cast either a thunderbolt or a trident. A gorgeous rear view is provided especially for Ro’mama.   The Artemisium Bronze was not alone in his watery grave surrounded by the remains of the ancient shipwreck.  Next week, The Artemisium Bronze’s Little Buddy       Rita Bay


4 Responses

  1. What a fantastic piece! I’m always amazed at your extensive historical knowledge. I’m amazed as well it was lost for two thoudsand years, yet could be restored to its current beautiful state.The strength and detail in the face alone is unbelievable. The entire statue is awe inspiring.

    I watched a small recovery/restoration once, long, long ago. It was done with the object in a tank of treated water, with electrical impluses creating reverse electrolisis. It took time, but was fascinating to watch years of scale, barnacles and calcified silt fall away to reveal what was beneath. Removing the worst of the build up that way protected the piece from damaging scraping and gouging, leaving only a careful hand cleaning to be done in the end. Science preserving history. I loved it.

    Thank you once again, Rita Bay!

  2. Thank you, Runere. It’s one of my favorites. Truly heroic. Next week’s Hunk is not really a hunk but a delighful duo which I had forgotten about seeing in Athens until I was looking for rear pics fof the sculpture or Arabella.

    The restoration techniques are amazing. As for history, I would have been an archaeologist if I had not been so practical. For now, I follow several blogs and news reports related to archaeology. I just completed the research for Amazona a book about a Pictish warrior princess (yes, they really existed) who with her warband fights as a gladiator in the York (Eboracum) arena while looking for her kidnapped brother. She meets Marcus, a ROman governor who is evacuating Romans from Britain prior to Rome leaving Britain forever (409 AD), who strikes a bargain with her to help with her quest. Rita Bay

  3. As soon as I can write it and find someone to publish it. I’m really pushing authentic with the most current research. RB

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