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Z4.1B THE JUDGEMENT OF PARIS

Museum Collection: Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Catalogue Number: Louvre Ma 3443
Type: Floor Mosaic
Context: Antioch, Atrium House
Date: Early C2nd AD
Period: Imperial Roman

SUMMARY

The three goddesses, Athene, Hera and Aphrodite, present themselves to Paris in the contest for the golden apple. The shepherd prince sits on a rock surrounded by his hounds and sheep. Beside him stands the god Hermes, and above him, on a rock, a tiny winged Nike (Victory). The three goddesses stand together in a group, each bearing a sceptre or spear. Athene wears a helm, and Hera a crown. Aphrodite (centre) is accompanied by her winged son Eros, who stands on a plinth above her head.

ARTICLES Aphrodite, Hera, Athene, Hermes, Nike, Eros

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