Animal Statue

Anne-Marie Bokslag

Haarlem, Netherlands

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This is one of the animal figures along the way to the temple and oracle of Apollo, the Didymaion in Didyma.

Didyma (Greek: Δίδυμα) was an ancient Ionian sanctuary, the modern Didim, Turkey In Greek didyma means “twin” (Apollo and Artemis), but the Greeks who sought a “twin” at Didyma ignored the Carian origin of the name. Next to Delphi, Didyma was the most renowned oracle of the Hellenic world, first mentioned among the Greeks in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo, but an establishment preceding literacy and even the colonization of Ionia. Mythic genealogies of the origins of the Branchidae line of priests, designed to capture the origins of Didyma as a Hellenic tradition, date to the Hellenistic period.

Didyma was the largest and most significant sanctuary on the territory of the great classical city Miletus. To approach it, visitors would follow the Sacred Way to Didyma, about 17 km (= about 10 miles) long. Along the way, were ritual waystations, and statues of members of the Branchidae family, male and female, as well as animal figures.

Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Canon Zoom lens EF-S 18-55mm 1:3.5-5.6 II USM
Exposure time 1/250s
Aperture value f/11
ISO 100
Focal length 41mm

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