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Gods and goddesses of Greece and Rome

Scattered throughout this gallery are stone statues of gods and goddesses. These are images of Greek gods which were adopted, and often re-named, by the Romans. The statues themselves were all made in the Roman period, although several of them are based on Greek works of the fifth and fourth centuries BC. The popularity of Greek art among educated Romans created a demand for Greek sculpture. Both original Greek work and Roman re-workings of famous pieces were collected, but their context had changed. While Greek statues of gods were displayed in sanctuaries, the Roman statues decorated public buildings and private houses.

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