milos #7 civilization {Klima}

The theatre. Centre of cultural and educational activity of the ancient city of Klima.

City and theatre were destroyed by the Athenians during the Peloponnesian War as punishment for having sided with Sparta at the beginning of the war. Both were rebuilt during the Roman period.

Is it any surprise that the statue of Aphrodite of Milos was discovered here? Curved by Alexandros of Antioch in pure Parian marble, the same that was used for the revived theatre, the statue was found in pieces by a Greek peasant on 8th April 1820.  She was claimed by the French and presented to Louis XVIII who promptly donated it to the Louvre in 1821. Aphrodite is gracing Paris’ monumental museum ever since. Her hands were never recovered.

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An inscription that is not displayed with the statue states: “Alexandros, son of Menides, citizen of Antioch of Maeander made the statue.”

Due to ongoing restoration work the theatre was not accessible to the public when we visited, but the progress was evident even from a distance.

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22 June 2015

Images of the theatre by Konstantinos Implikian
Images of Aphrodite from wikimedia commons

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