Antikythera Ephebe (youth)

Vlavianos Haris poetry

If you believe in the myth
(given its source is the one left behind –
the one who was abandoned)
he must have suffered greatly.

In his tent
alive he grieves now for the one killed;
yet the gods know
that he too is already dead,
betrayed by that part of the body
that could desire,
the part that's mortal.

Translated by David Connolly Click here


 The Antikythera Ephebe is a bronze statue of a young man of languorous grace that was found in 1900 by sponge-divers in the area of an ancient shipwreck off the island of Antykithera. It was the first of the series of Greek bronze sculptures that the Aegean and Mediterranean yielded up in the twentieth century which have fundamentally altered the modern view of Ancient greek sculpture. The Ephebe does not correspond to any familiar iconographic model, and there are no known copies of the type. He held a spherical object in his right hand, and possibly may have represented Paris presenting the Apple of discord to Aphrodite however, since Paris is consistently depicted cloaked and with the distinctive Phrygian cup other scholars have suggested a beardless, youthful Heracles with the Apple of the Esperides. It has also been suggested that the youth is a depiction of Perseuw holding the head of the slain Gorgon. At any rate, the loss of the context of the Antikythera Ephebe has stripped it of its original cultural meaning.
The Ephebe, dated by its style to about 340 BC, is one of the most brilliant products of Peloponnesian bronze sculpture; the individuality and character it displays have encouraged speculation on its possible sculptor. It is, perhaps, the work of the famous sculptor Euphranor trained in the Polyclitan tradition, who did make a sculpture of Paris, according to Pliny:
"By Euphranor is an Alexander [Paris]. This work is specially admired, because the eye can detect in it at once the judge of the goddesses, the lover of Helen, and yet the slayer of Achilles. "


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