Melanes Kouros Statue


Location: Melanes   

The Statue of Kouros in Melanes, Naxos: The remarkable statue of Kouros can be seen outside the village of Melanes, in the countryside of Naxos. There is a second Kouros (male) statue outside of the village of Apollonas, in northern Naxos. The statue of Melanes lies on the ground, at the exact position that it was found by the archeologists. It is 6 metres long and dates back to 7th century.

Archeologists believe that this statue used to hold a temple roof but they were decidedly abandoned by the ancient sculptors due to faults in the marble and stone that were made of. Historians assume that the statue depict god Apollo or god Dionysus. Others believe that the statue represented a local hero, which is why it is so large in size. Remains of ancient temples surround Kouros statue.

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