The Sleeping Hermaphrodite depicts the son of Hermes and Aphrodite. It is a Roman copy of a Hellenistic original dating to 2nd century BC, though the mattress was added to the statue in 1620 by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
In the National Archaeological Museum in Athens you can find a special gallery for the finds from the Antikythera shipwreck, a boat carrying luxury goods from around 75–50 BC which was wrecked in a storm off the coast of Greece. It contained many statues, vessels, coins and of course, the famous 2000-year-old computer I’ve previously written about.
Many of the fine marble statues were recovered from the wreck site, but had been badly corroded after thousands of years lying on the seabed. The truly amazing finds however are those that were only half-buried in the seabed, leaving part of them beautifully reserved and part ravaged by time.
The highlight of a recent trip to Athens was a visit to the National Museum of Archaeology. The museum had a special gallery for the finds from… Read more “An Ancient Computer: The Antikythera Mechanism”