Artemis of Versailles

Artemis of Versailles

The Artemis of Versailles, a small copy of the classical statue, lay on the mantle piece above the fireplace in the Titanic's first class lounge.

The statue was one of the artefacts photographed when Dr Robert Ballard and his team revisited the wreck site in 1986. A photograph of the statue appears in the book Discovery of the Titanic. The original statue is now in the Louvre, Paris.

Artemis, one of the more important goddesses in Greek mythology, was the counterpart of the Roman goddess Diana. She was the daughter of the god Zeus and Leto and the twin sister of Apollo. She was chief hunter to the gods and, like Apollo, was armed with a bow and arrows, which she often used to punish mortals who angered her. She was also the goddess of childbirth, of nature, and of the harvest.


References
Dr Robert D. Ballard & Rick Archbold (1987) The Discovery of the Titanic: Exploring the Greatest of all Lost Ships. Hodder & Stoughton / Madison Books. ISBN 0 340 41265 8
Funk & Wagnall's New Encyclopedia

Photo Courtesy of Michael Cundiff, USA

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    jerry7171 said:

    I was fascinated by this unusual sculpture when I first saw a photo of it in the debris field in one of the early National Geographic articles back in the 1980s. I wonder if there were other classical-era copies of other sculptures aboard the Titanic?

  2. John Wilton (5055) said:

    Was the one on Titanic marble or bronze?

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