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ΦΩΤΟΒΟΛΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ (Fotovolos Apollon)

On 7 September, 2009 I had the privilege to visit the Museum in Ancient Corinth. Pictures I took of Fotovolos Apollon is shown below.

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According to archaiologists, on the left is goddess Hekate daughter of the Titanes Perses and Asteria from whom she received her power over heaven, earth, and sea. Hekate assisted Demeter in her search for Persephone, guiding her through the night with flaming torches. After the mother-daughter reunion became she Persephone's minister and companion in Haides. Here she has the form of angel. In the middle is Fotovolos Appolon, and to the right a four-leaf rosette "rodakas", believed to be a wild rose. Rodakas usually seen in ancient Greek-Mycenaean jewels, among its other decorative uses in architecture and pottery.

The significance of Apollo image in relationship to the Statue of Liberty is of extreme importance.

  • Apollo image is striking similar in facial expression
  • Detail of the seven beams of light in exact position with those in the Statue of Liberty.
  • Fotovolos (beams of bright light) Apollon has the same meaning as the official name of the Statue of Liberty:  "Liberty Enlightening the World"

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Coincidence?   Or should this be recognized as the creative influence of Hellenes, once again?  
If so, this should be acknowledged and credit given to the Ancient Greek sculpture of Φωτοβόλος Απόλλων,
as the source of inspiration for the Statue of Liberty .
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