Gods and heroes
Cult statues of gods helped define the popular image of each deity, and were themselves dedications. An example is the
bronze Athena Promachos set on the Acropolis at Athens commemorating success over the Persians, while the comparable gold and
ivory Athena Parthenos stood within the Parthenon, which also celebrated Athens' military record. The types were repeated or
adjusted as major dedications by the state or individuals, usually for some major civic success. Many are mentioned in texts,
and many types preserved in Roman-period copies, usually with no indication of their original setting.
- The Dresden Zeus. Copy of a statue in the style of Pheidias.
Cast No. C 049
- The Hermes Ludovisi.
Copy of a statue of about 440 BC,
possibly from a monument in Athens
to the men fallen at Koroneia (447 BC).
- Model of the Athena Parthenos in the Parthenon, in Toronto.
Copy of Praxiteles' statue of Hermes holding the infant Dionysos from within the temple of Zeus at Olympia, of about 350 BC.
Cast No. C113.
- Copy of a cult statue of Athena (Athena Velletri), perhaps from the Hephaisteion in Athens, late 5th cent. BC.
- The Capitoline Demeter, copy of a statue of about 420 BC.
- Copy of a statue of the armed Aphrodite (worshipped at Corinth), of about 400 BC
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