Friday, September 30, 2016

More on the Aphrodite statues from Petra

NABATEAN (NABATAEAN) WATCH: Goddess Alert: Marble Statues of Aphrodite Unearthed at Petra (Mindy Weisberger, Live Science).
Two marble statues representing Aphrodite/Venus, the Greco-Roman goddess of love, were found recently at Petra, an ancient desert city in Jordan.

The statues, which date to the second century A.D., are nearly intact and are remarkably well preserved, retaining traces of the paint applied to them centuries ago. They were discovered by archaeologists and graduate students from the U.S. working in collaboration with the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.

Carved in a distinctly Roman style, the statues hint at ways in which Rome influenced local culture in Petra, following its annexation of Nabataea — the Arabic kingdom that included Petra — in A.D. 106.

I noted an announcement of the discovery of the statues here, but this article has additional information and a nice photo of both statues. The report of a statue of cupid associated with the Aphrodite statue is also clarified:
One of the two sculptures, complete from the waist down, was still attached to its base, upon which a knee-high Cupid also stood, gazing up at the goddess.
You can see him in the photo on the right side of the statue on the right.

HT Explorator 19.22.