I never knew this statue was here, in Barrack Street only a few steps away from Martin Place, I noticed it for the first time by accident.
In Barrack St’s Sesquicentenary Square stands a large bronze sculpture of the Greek goddess Athena.
Though best known as the goddess of courage, wisdom, strategy and war, Athena also represents law and justice, civilisation, arts and crafts, and skill and inspiration.
The figure stands in a solemn and graceful pose, with her right hand outstretched and her open palm upwards. She is dressed in a loose and flowing peplos (robe) that covers her whole body, leaving only her arms and feet exposed. There is an aegis (goat-skin cloak) across her chest with the face of the Medusa in the centre. She wears a tall Corinthian helmet on her head, decorated with the figures of owls and gryphons.
The statue is modelled on the fourth-century bronze statue of the goddess Athena found in Piraeus in 1959, (known as the Piraeus Athena) which is now on display at the Piraeus Archaeological Museum in Greece.
It was a symbolic gift to Sydney from the city of Athens during the 2000 Olympics held here.
Almost lunch time. Craving these delicious dishes from Cubby’s kitchen. Lebanese bread with hummus and baba ghanouj, grilled prawns, corn on the cob, tabouli, fried chicken, lamb rice, and knafeh
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