come un dio”, as beautiful as a god – only this actually is a god and what’s more the father of all gods, Zeus. Bello
This statue of the seated Zeus was found in Soluntum, the Greek Soloeis on the north coast of
. Soluntum was one of the three main Phoenician settlements on the island. Together with Panormus and Motya, Soluntum was able to hold its position against the advancing Greek colonies till it eventually fell into the hands of the Carthaginians. Sicily
The considerable remains of the city, which are visible near modern Solanto, are clearly from Roman times although Soluntum’s origin seems to go back to the 7th century BC. The remains, however, have never been totally explored.
The statue of Zeus that was found inside a sacred building was broken into many pieces. It has just recently been restored and is now on display at the Archaeological Museum Antonio Salinas in
, which itself is undergoing in-depth restoration and reconstruction works. Palermo
This rather impressive image of the seated Zeus reminds us very much of the one that once stood inside the
temple of Zeus in , one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The father of the gods is sitting on a throne which is decorated with reliefs of Ares being crowned by Nike, Aphrodite, Eros and the Graces. His head is carved in white marble while the rest of the statue is made of local soft limestone. It has been dated to 150-100 BC. Olympia
It is indeed a true beauty!