Public Art : Athena statue
Sculptor : A copy statue of the
340BC statue of Athena by either Kephisodotos or Euphranor.
Date : Unknown
Description : This is a copy of the 4th century
bronze statue of the helmeted Greek goddess Athena. The original 340BC bronze statue is 2.35m high and depicts
Athena wearing a Doric peplos (traditional Greek garment) . If you look closely there are two owls
adorning her Corinthian helmet. Owls are a Athenian mascot. The statue, at some stage, included a spear which she
held in her right hand and a libation bowl (wine jug) in her left hand. The Athena copy is standing on a
black granite plinth. This Athena copy was given to Sydney as a gift to commemorate the hosting the
Location : Barrack Street, Sydney, Australia
The Mayor of Athens
Dimitris L. Avramopoylos
to the Lord Mayor
and the City of Sydney
Athena Statue Trivia
In 1959, during road construction works in Piraeus, the Greek bronze statue of Athena, sculpted
by Kephisodotos around 340-330BC, was unearthed. Statues of Apollo of Peiraeus and
Artemis were also found at the time. The Athena statue now resides at the
Archaeological Museum, Piraeus, Greece.
In Greek mythology Athena was the goddess of wisdom, courage, civilization, law and justice, just warfare,
mathematics, strength, strategy, the arts, crafts, and skill.
Athena is also the virgin patroness of Athens.
Athens was named in her honour.
Goddess Minerva is the Roman equivilent to Athena.