Creating the Past: The Vénus de Milo and the Hellenistic Reception of Classical Greece

  title={Creating the Past: The V{\'e}nus de Milo and the Hellenistic Reception of Classical Greece},
  author={Rachel Meredith Kousser},
  journal={American Journal of Archaeology},
  pages={227 - 250}
  • R. Kousser
  • Published 1 April 2005
  • Art, History
  • American Journal of Archaeology
This article reexamines the well-known Hellenistic statue of Aphrodite from Melos (the Vénus de Milo), drawing on recently published archaeological evidence and archival sources relating to its excavation to propose a new reconstruction of the sculpture's original appearance, context, and audience. Although scholars have often discussed the statue as a timeless ideal of female beauty, the Aphrodite was in fact carefully adapted to its contemporary setting, the minor Hellenistic polis of Melos… 


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