Statue of Apollo Playing the Cithara from Miletus (Illustration

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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
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published on 12 May 2018
Statue of Apollo Playing the Cithara from Miletus

Apollo is rendered as a muscular young man. However, the feminine sensuality displayed here is probably caused by his over-emphasized hips. His robe falls below the waist, exposing the external genitals. The fingers (now lost) of the left hand must have touched the strings of the ornamented lyre, the latter having been placed on a pillar. Overall, the depiction of the face and body is peaceful and divine. This form of the rendering of this god was known as Apollo "citharados" (Apollon Citharoedus), or Apollo playing the lyre. Marble. Roman Period, 2nd century CE. From Miletus, Balat, in modern-day Turkey. (Museum of Archaeology, Istanbul, Turkey).


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Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
Associate Professor of Neurology and lover of the Cradle of Civilization, Mesopotamia. I'm very interested in Mesopotamian history and always try to take photos of archaeological sites and artifacts in museums, both in Iraq and around the world.

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Amin, O. S. M. (2018, May 12). Statue of Apollo Playing the Cithara from Miletus. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/image/8697/

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Statue of Apollo Playing the Cithara from Miletus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Last modified May 12, 2018. https://www.ancient.eu/image/8697/.

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Amin, Osama S. M. "Statue of Apollo Playing the Cithara from Miletus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 12 May 2018. Web. 17 Jul 2019.

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