GOD OF ROCK by Micah Thomas

This gallery features works of sculpture that depict deities from early Greek mythology.  Around 250 AD the Grecians were deeply anchored in their respect for the deities that they understood to maintain the world around them and attempted to honor all those ideological figures through fine works of sculptural art.

This sculpture seems to be a preserved piece of work that was destroyed. This preserved piece, as I'm sure the unseen portion did as well, depicted the Greek god Zeus. The skill of detail is mostly displayed by the original artist in the hair of the sculpture. The face of Zeus is displayed with no emotion to resemble the understanding that gods to not feel.
Being the son of Zeus, the god Apollo is depicted here in a full free-standing statue. While the material is bronze, the art of sculpture can be described as a molded representation of something, someone or someplace. The posing god is suggested to be holding a missing torch possibility and that would be valid as he was heralded, amongst other things, as the god of light.
While Hercules is considered a demi-god or a half-god, he was still respected as a deity because of his superhuman abilities. Hercules is displayed to be holding what appears to be a child who is holding on to a club of some kind. He was sculpted in a heroic posture.
Kouros is not a god but simply a Greek word to describe a young and athletically fit man. Many regarded young males with the potential through their minds and physic to make significant changes within the world with the gods allowances. This male stands erect taking a small step forward with, what seems to be, a meditative countenance.
The god Jupiter toes the line as He is more of a Roman deity but acknowledged in Greek mythology. However as a minor god which is regarded in a different light in Roman mythology, He is known as the guardian of Roman affairs where Greece is concerned. This statue appears to be freestanding but as the figure appears to be in the process of walking the weight does not appear to be a proper testament of physical balance. The forearms are missing but outstretched in what could be a damaged piece.
For the backstory of Athena to be the goddess of military strategy, she is always posed or presented in any depiction as the goddess of wisdom. Free stands tall but looking down with humility. She is gracefully adorned with a robe or dress with her left arm missing as a mark of damage from the original work.
As a testament to counterparts, the goddess Venus is a version of our next Greek goddess, Aphrodite. However the similarities in their physical appearance, as determined by the artists, is striking. This statue, however, is much more reverent to a robed figure with a very regal, emotionless, and even harsh countenance. She stands in a graceful and elegant posture.
Returning to Greek figures, Aphrodite is the goddess of sex and love which fits her nude representation. Again damage is shown with missing arms. However, some pieces were completed without limbs to make the face the focal point. The standing statue has weight shifted to her back foot and has an intricate hair style.
With love on our mind, we can safely turn to the god who is the cause of human attraction, Cupid. He has been depicted in numerous ways and he is one of those gods mirrored in Roman culture but is displayed here as a baby, sleeping, and nude with his wings resting behind him.
A generic hero is depicted in this statue that is unnamed or unidentified. The style of the statue seems to be Roman but without a description of whom this figure is we could speculate him to be a kouros. In any case, it is a male, standing strong, leaning to one side, with a regal cape draped behind a nude figure. The sculpture shares similarities of physical appearance with Apollo, but only history knows whom this was to be.
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