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The statue of the Syrian goddess (1)

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12 Assyrian Identity

06 Visual arts and architecture

02 Religious and ideological symbols and iconographic motifs

2nd century CE
Roman Empire
Helleno-Roman philosophers and scholars

pseudo-Lucian, De Dea Syria 32:
I will tell what is worthy of a longer discussion. Hera bears a stone on her head. It is called a ruby light, and its name conforms with its function. A great light shines from this by night, and the whole temple is illumined by it as if by lamps. By day its glow is weak, although the gem still has a very fiery quality. There is also another wondrous feature in the statue. If you stand opposite and look directly at it, it looks back at you and as you move its glance follows. If someone else looks at it from another side, it does the same thing for him.

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pseudo-Lucian, De Dea Syria 32


Attridge and Oden 1976Attridge, H. W. and R. A. Oden. The Syrian Goddess (De Dea Syria), Attributed to Lucian. Graeco-Roman Religion 1. Missoula: Scholars Press for the Society of Biblical Literature 1976.

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