Aphrodite of Milos

It was accidentally found in 1820 by the farmer Georgios Kentrotas, who was looking for water for his animals.
An officer and the crew of a French ship who happened to be there forced the farmer to surrender the statue to them.

Aphrodite’s sculptor, as well as the exact date of her creation, remain unknown.

It is likely that she was holding an apple and shield in her hands, which are said to have been found broken next to the statue.

At the exact location where the statue was found, the ruins of an ancient theatre and stadium were also discovered. It is believed that Aphrodite adorned the entrance of the site.

It was originally sold for 400 piastres to the French and later for 750 piastres  to the Ottomans, before it ended up for good in the Louvre Museum.

The poet Kostis Palamas was inspired by the Aphrodite of Milos for his poem “The Εmigrant Lady”.