Marble statues of goddess Aphrodite. Archaeological Museum of Heraklion.

Marble statues of goddess Aphrodite, copy of an important work of the 5th century, BC attributed to sculptor Alkamenes, pupil of Phidias.

The original, which was placed in a sanctuary in the Athenian suburb "gardens", was described by Pausanias, the traveller of the 2nd century AD.

The goddess is depicted in a relaxed posture leaning against a pillar using her left arm. She wears a cloak and chilton, which leaves one shoulder exposed and marks the outlines of the body accenuating the gpddess's erotic character.

Gortyna, Temple of Pythius Apollon, Roman period, 2nd cent. AD.

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