Classical Archaeology 1

Niobe, a daughter of Tantalus, King of Lydia, foolishly boasted that her children where more beautiful than Apollo and Artemis, the offspring on Leto and Zeus.  The two gods killed all of Niobe’s children and she was turned to stone, forever weeping on Mt Sipylus.  This daughter has been wounded in the back; it was part of a temple pediment, probably from south Italy or southern Greece, c.440-430 BCE.

Photo: Daughter of Niobe, University of Cambridge, Museum of Classical Archaeology.

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