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Gods and spirits in Ancient Greece

Colossal statue of Apollo

Height: 2.290 m

GR 1861.7-25.1 (Sculpture 1380)

Colossal statue of Apollo

From: Cyrene, Libya
Date: 2nd century AD

This colossal marble statue of Apollo was found broken into 121 pieces. The pieces were brought to the British Museum where Apollo was carefully put back together, although his right arm and left wrist and hand are still missing.

Apollo is holding a lyre to show that he is the god of music. The story says that he killed a huge serpent at a place called Delphi where people were able to find out about the future. Apollo took over this magic power. Can you see the serpent coiled next to him?