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