Artemis of the Wildland, Mistress of Animals
I have been posting too many "fresh" photos recently. It is time to return to my vaults for some historic moments. This portrait of Artemis was taken in September 1985 at the Ephesus Archeological Museum in Selçuk, Turkey.
In Greek mythology, Artemis is the daughter of Leto and Zeus, and the twin of Apollo. She is the goddess of the wilderness, the hunt and wild animals, and fertility. Artemis was worshiped in most Greek cities but only as a secondary deity. However, in Asia Minor she was a prominent deity. In Ephesus, a great temple was built in her honor, which became one of the "Seven Wonders of the Ancient World". But at Ephesus she was worshiped mainly as a fertility goddess, and was identified with Cybele the mother goddess of eastern lands. The cult statues of the Ephesian Artemis differ greatly from those of mainland Greece, where she is depicted as a huntress with her bow and arrows. Those found at Ephesus show her in the eastern style, standing erect with numerous nodes on her chest. There have been many theories as to what they represent. Some say they are breasts, others that they are bulls' testes which were sacrificed to her. The true interpretation remains uncertain, but it is clear they represent fertility.
Vahşi Diyarların Artemis’i, Hayvanların Hanımefendisi
Son zamanlarda çok fazla "taze " fotoğraf yükledim. Bazı tarihi anlar için benim mahzenime dönmek zamanı geldi. Bu Artemis portresi Eylül 1985’te Selçuk, Türkiye'de Efes Arkeoloji Müzesi’nde alındı.
Yunan mitolojisinde, Artemis Leto ve Zeus'un kızı ve Apollon'un ikiz kardeşidir. O el değmemiş yerlerin, avın ve yaban hayvanlarının ve bereketin tanrıçasıdır. Artemis Yunan şehirlerde sadece ikincil bir tanrı olarak tapınılırdı. Ancak, Anadolu'da o önemli bir tanrıydı. Efes’te, "Antik Dünyanın Yedi Harikası,nın" biri haline gelen büyük bir tapınak onun onuruna inşa edilmiştir. Ama Efes’te o özellikle bir bereket tanrıçası olarak tapınılmış ve doğu topraklarının ana tanrıçası Kibele ile bir tutulmuştur. Efes Artemisinin kült heykelleri, yay ve ok ile bir avcı olarak tasvir edilen Kıta Yunanistandakilerden büyük ölçüde farklıdır. Efes’te bulunanlar onu doğu tarzında göğsüne çok sayıda yumruları ile dimdik ayakta gösterir. Neyi temsil ettikleri hakkında birçok teori vardır. Bazıları onların göğüsler, diğerleri ona kurban edilen boğaların testisleri olduğunu söylerler. Gerçek yorumlanması belirsizdir, ama onların doğurganlığı temsil ettikleri açıktır .
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fabbs99 (16485) 2013-10-25 21:40
Impressive shot of the Greek Goddess.I was not aware that Turkey also possess the Greek legacy of old times.Truly a nice and informative image .Very well done.TFS.
PS : Maidan is the same as meydan in turkish.The Indian language URDU has been greatly influenced Persian,Arabic and Turkish vocabularies.Hence we have a great number of words of their origin.
pajaran (52614) 2013-10-25 22:19
Interesantan i dobar tekst iz Grcke mitologije ...
Dobar rad Yashicom i filmom, lepo pokazana glava skulpture Artemide.
Imajte lep dan, sve najbolje za vikend, srecno.
Interesting and good article from Greek mythology ...
Good work and Yashica film, beautifully demonstrated head sculpture of Artemis.
Have a great day, all the best for the weekend, good luck.
Kugart (1778) 2013-10-26 2:06
Nice take of this historical statue from Turkey. We see lots of statues in our travels and can only appreciate the beauty of them but it is nice to hear about the symbolism behind them which you have explained very interestingly in your note. Nice sharp and clear picture showing the fine details of the statue.
All the best
mirosu (14532) 2013-10-26 3:41
Excellent statue detail photo with very nice colors, perfect light, very good clarity. The well-chosen tight crop eliminates all unwanted distractions. Well done. Well done.
ourania (32127) 2013-10-27 9:33
a very interesting portrait of this elaborate and mysterious ancient statue. Leros is one of the islands dedicated to Artemis, there was a temple at the north of the island and the area was full of her sacred meleagris birds. I like the way you framed this picture making the impact of the subtle smile and the expression more intriguing. Despite the scanning, textures and details have come through just fine. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great Sunday,
kato (11630) 2013-10-27 23:24
You're capturing well this statue by a good composition and excellent tone/clarity, so it's impressive to see the marble statue of Artemis in Greek mythology. Her look appears to be full of mercy gently. And, It's interesting in small animals around her.
Miguel82 (24265) 2013-10-28 15:42
A brillant close up of that statue Murat, your photo comment is instructive about the godess Artemis, excellent report from a museum, high resolution, good night
ikeharel (58231) 2013-10-30 7:42
A nice piece of ancient statue, shining white marble preserved in excelent condition, and well shown this close-up view.
Old stuff kept superbly through time.
jmdias (56161) 2013-11-18 0:37
despite the job scan the image has a nice quality and we can enjoy the beauty of this ancient sculpture. very nice details.