Melanes Kouros of Flerio in Naxos

Besides Apollonas and Melanes, the locals discovered yet another impressive Kouros in a lying position within a field in the Flerio area (also near Melanes village, in a walking distance from the other Kouros), and archeologist research shows that this statue dates back to 570 BC.

Its height is one of the most impressive features, reaching almost 6 meters, while one of the legs is broken. The statue is assumed to be a special order from a wealthy family and has been left unfinished as it is the case with other ones, with experts suggesting that it was probably damaged during the creation process and thus was abandoned in the mountainous region. The technique used is characteristic of the Naxian sculptors and the statue was named “Ellinas” (Greek) as it was considered to embody the virtues of the race and the ideal physical and personality traits a young male should have.

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