15 Most Intense Greek Statues
There is a lot of history attached to Greek Statues. However, you don’t need a history degree to admire the incredible artistry of these magnificent sculptures. Truly timeless works of art, these 15 most intense Greek statues are masterpieces of paramount proportions.
1. Trojan Horse
Made of bonded marble and coated with a special archaic bronze patina, the Trojan Horse is an Ancient Greek sculpture that was built between 470 BC and 460 BC to represent the Trojan Horse in Homer’s Iliad. The original masterpiece survived the devastation of the Ancient Greece and is currently displayed at the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece.
Recovered from the island of Delos, The Diadem Wearer is an ancient Greek sculpture that was built during the 5th century. The original statue that was recovered in Delos and is currently among the statutory collections of the National Archaeological Museum in Athens.
3. The Discus Thrower of Myron
Constructed by one of the best sculptors of Ancient Greece during the 5th century, Myron, The Discus Thrower was a statue originally placed at the entrance of the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens, Greece, where the first Olympic Games event was held in 1896. The original statue made of alabaster stone did not survive the destruction of Greece and was never recovered.
4. Colossus of Rhodes
A statue depicting the Greek Titan named Helios, Colossus of Rhodes was first erected in the city of Rhodes by a man named Chares of Lindos sometime between 292 and 280 B.C. Considered today as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the statue was built to honor the victory of Rhodes over the ruler of Cyprus during the 2nd century, Antigonus I Monophthalmus. Known as one of the tallest statues of the Ancient Greece, the original statue was destroyed by an earthquake that hit Rhodes in 226 B.C.
5. Lacoon and His Sons
A statue currently situated at the Vatican Museum in Rome, Lacoon and his Sons is also known as the Lacoon Group and was originally created by three great Greek sculptors from the island of Rhodes, Agesander, Polydorus and Athenodoros. This life-size statue is made of marble and depicts a Trojan priest named Lacoon, together with his sons Thymbraeus and Antiphantes, being throttled by sea serpents.
6. Achilles Wounded
Achilles Wounded is a depiction of the Iliad hero named Achilles. This ancient Greek masterpiece captures his anguish of death after being wounded by the lethal arrow. Made of alabaster stone, the original statue is currently situated at the Achilleion Residence of Queen Elizabeth of Austria in Cofu, Greece.
7. King Leonidas I at Thermoplylae
King Paul of Greece erected the statue of the Spartan king at Thermopylae back in 1955 in memory of the heroism King Leonidas I had shown during the Battle at the same location against the Persians in 480 BC. A sign was placed under the statue, which reads, “Come and Take”. These were the very words of challenge that Leonidas blurted when King Xerxes and his army asked them to drop their weapons.
8. Winged Victory of Samothrace
A 200 B.C.- marble sculpture depicting the Greek goddess Nike, the Winged Victory of Samothrace is considered today as the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture. It is currently displayed at Louvre and is among the most celebrated original statues in the world. It was created between 200 and 190 B.C. not to honor the Greek goddess Nike but to honor a sea battle. It was first erected by Macedonian general Demetrius following his naval victory in Cyprus.
9. Aphrodite of Knidos
Known as one of the most popular statues created by the ancient Greek sculptor Praxiteles, the Aphrodite of Knidos was the first life-size representation of the nude Aphrodite. Praxiteles built the statue after he was commissioned by Kos to create a statue depicting the beautiful goddess Aphrodite. Despite being considered a cult image, the masterpiece became a tourist attraction in Greece. Its original copy did not survive a massive fire that once took place in the Ancient Greece, but its replica is currently exhibited at the British Museum.
10. Harmodius and Aristogeiton
Harmodius and Aristogeiton was built following the establishment of democracy in Greece. Created by Greek sculptor Antenor upon the commission of Cleisthenes, the statue was made of bronze and was the first statue in Greece to have been paid for out of public funds. It was built to honor both men, whom the ancient Athenians considered as the preeminent symbols of their democracy. It was first erected in Kerameikos in 509 A.D. along with the other heroes of Greece.
11. Charioteer of Delphi
More commonly known as Heniokhos, the Charioteer of Delphi is one of the most popular statues that survived the Ancient Greece. This life-size bronze statue depicts a chariot driver that was recovered in 1896 at the Sanctuary of Apollo in Dephi, where it was first erected during the 4th century to memorialize the victory of a chariot team in an ancient Pythian Games. Originally a part of a massive group of statuary, Henaikhos is now exhibited at the Dephi Archaeological Museum.
12. The Ephebe of Antikythera
Made of fine bronze, The Ephebe of Antikythera is a statue of a young man, god or hero holding a spherical object in his right hand. Believed to be a product of Peloponnesian bronze sculpture, this statue was recovered in an area off a primordial shipwreck near the island of Antikythera and is believed to be one of the works of the famous sculptor Euphranor. It is currently exhibited in the National Archeological Museum of Athens.
13. Peplos Kore
Recovered from the Athenian Acropolis, Peplos Kore is a stylized image of the Greek goddess Athena. Historians believe that the statue was created to serve as a votive offering during the ancient times. Made during the Archaic period of Greek art history, Peplos Kore is characterized by the stiff and formal pose of Athena, her majestic tresses and archaic smile. It initially appeared in polychrome but only traces of its original colors can be observed today.
14. Alexander the Great
The statue of Alexander the Great was discovered inside the Pella Palace in Greece. Coated with marble patina and made of bonded marble, the statue was built in 280 BC to honor Alexander the Great, the popular Greek hero who sprawled over several parts of the world and led battles against Persian Armies, particularly in Granicus, Issus and Gaugamela. The statue of Alexander the Great is now among the Greek art collections of the Archaeological Museum of Pella in Greece.
15. Hermes of Praxiteles
Created in honor of the Greek god Hermes, Hermes of Praxiteles represents Hermes while carrying another popular character in Greek mythology, the infant Dionysus. The statue was made from Parian marble and is believed by historians to have been built by the ancient Greeks during 330 BC. It is known today as one of the most original masterpieces of the great Greek sculptor Praxiteles and is currently housed in the Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Greece.