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Athens - Acropolis: Museum - The Three-Bodied Serpent

The Three-Bodied Serpent, c. 550-540 BCE, is displayed in the Acroplis Museum, which was opened in 1897 and reconstructed after WWIII to accomodate a collection of Acropolis treasures.

 

The pedimental sculpture features Nereas, demon of the watery element who was continually changing shape. It's portrayed here as a winged, three bodied demon with a serpent's tail on the right extremity of the same pediment at left. Each of the three demons holds a symbol in its hands, water, fire and a bird (a symbol of air).

 

It is believed with some certainty, belonged to a a sizeable temple sacred to Athena Polias (Protectress of the City) erected by mid-6th century BC. This Doric limestone building is referred to as the "Bluebeard" temple, named after the The Three-Bodied Serpent, whose beards were painted dark blue.

  

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Taken on September 9, 2005