"la Statua del Nilo" Nilo Statue Tip by MM212

Nilo Statue, Naples: 1 reviews and 2 photos

  la Statua del Nilo - Apr 2010
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  • la Statua del Nilo - May 09 - Naples
      la Statua del Nilo - May 09
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This reclining statue marks the district in Graeco-Roman Neapolis where Alexandrian merchants were headquartered. It was dedicated to the deified personification of the Nile (Nilus), a god worshipped by Ancient Egyptians, and erected in their honour. It was also a testament to the important link between the two Mediterranean cities at the time. Long after the Alexandrians departed, the statue was buried and forgotten, but it was rediscovered without its head in the 15th century and re-erected in its original location. Subsequently, the headless statue became known as il Corpo di Napoli (the body of Naples), but a century or two later, it received a new head of a bearded man, clearly not what the original sculptor had intended.

Address: Piazzetta Nilo

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2010
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