Destany Fancher8/28/18AtchersonThe winged Victory of Samothrace.200-190 BC.The Louvre, Paris, France.The Winged Victory of Samothrace, also called the Nike of Samothrace,was discovered in pieces by French envoy Charles Champoiseau in 1863 onthe island of Samothrace. Its base, the prow of a ship, was discovered byAustrian archaeologists in 1873. It has been on display in the Louvre since1884. This statue a controversial piece, no one knows what the originalmeaning or purpose is, however ideas range from the battle of Salamis in306 BC to the battle of Actium in 31 BC celebrating their victories. The dateof its making has been controversial as well, ranging through three centuries.For most of the 20thcentury it was assumed that it may have been a Rhodianmonument dedicated to the victories at Side and Myonessos in 190 BC.Carved by the Rhodian sculptor Pythocritus, based upon comparisons to theworks of Hermann Thiersch and Karl Lehmann. However in recent years theiridea has shown to be incorrect, the remains in the area holding the Victory
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