11.16.2014

Aphrodite Kallipygos

Archaeology can be fun! This is an Augustan Roman copy of a lost Greek original of around 300 BC or possibly as late as 100 BC depending on the scholar asked. A temple to Aphrodite Kallipygos at Syracuse is mentioned in Athenaeus (12.554c), who discusses the strange competition between girls which led to ...

Clement of Alexandria condemned her (source):
Do not the Argives sacrifice to Aphrodite Peribaso (the protectress), and the Athenians to Aphrodite Hetaera (the courtesan), and the Syracusans to Aphrodite Kallipygos, whom Nicander has somewhere called Kalliglutos (with beautiful rump). .... The Sicyonians reverence this deity, whom they have constituted the god of the muliebria -the patron of filthiness- and religiously honour as the author of licentiousness (The Exhortation to the Heathen, 2).

3 comments:

  1. Beautiful sculpture! We we're quite the hedonists back in the day. EROTAS

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  2. "Αφροδίτη Καλλίπυγος (Kallipygos)" literaly mean "of Beautiful buttock" because in Ancient Greek (and in Modern Greek as part of a compound word) ΠΥΓΗ is BUTTOCK and "GLUTOS-ΓΛΟΥΤΟΣ" is also more or less a synonym of ΠΥΓΗ

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  3. kim k has the behind of a centaur!

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