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Bust of Aphrodite at the Roman Theater at Arles


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The Ancient Roman Theater or Théatre Antique at Arles, built during the period of Augustus (27 BC to AD 14), was paved in green and red marble and contained an abundance of sculpture, both relief and free-standing. The Théatre Antique, oriented to the original Roman street grid at Arelate, was one of the earliest of Roman freestanding theaters, with galleries seating up to 10,000 spectators.

The richly decorated Théatre inluded a statue of Augustus and an altar to his patron god Apollo.  One of the finer pieces is this bust of the Greek goddess Aphrodite, a 1st century BC Roman copy of an early 4th century BC Greek original. The sculpture is now in the Musée de l'Arles Antique.

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[Fig.1: Bust of Aphrodite from the Théatre Antique at Arles (photo: Athena Review).]

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