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Musée du Louvre, Paris (France). The Graces, or Charities, have been 3 goddesses named Beauty, Mirth, and Cheer. They oversaw satisfied occasions such as dances and banquets. They have been partners to Aphrodite, providing the happiness that accompanies love. Like Aphrodite, they were often depicted in the nude, and often, as in this example, dancing in a circle. In each, we see the familiar shift in weight, or contrapposto, developed in the fifth century. However, the composition of this piece is some distance extra problematic than any excessive Classical sculpture. It used to be now not till the Hellenistic interval that advanced teams of a number of figures have been depicted in free-standing sculpture. The figures are tied together by their embrace, unifying the piece, yet they face different directions, so that the sculpture would be interesting from any angle from which it was viewed. forty nine. Anonymous, Dying Gaul, Roman copy after a bronze original erected by the Kings of Pergamon Attalus I and Eumenes II, c. 240 B. C. E. Marble, h: 93 cm. Musei Capitolini, Rome (Italy). 50. Anonymous, Zeus and Porphyrion during the Battle with the Giants, Pedestal Frieze, Great Altar of Zeus, Pergamon, c. 180 B. C. E. Marble, h: 230 cm. Pergamonmuseum, Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Berlin (Germany). fifty one. Anonymous, Erotic Scene from the Back of a Stele Depicting Dionysos, Hellenistic period. Archeological Museum, Nicosia (Cyprus). fifty two. Anonymous, Zeus and Leda. Oil lamp. National Archeological Museum, Athens (Greece). fifty three. Anonymous, Laocoön, Roman copy after a bronze original made in Pergamon, c. 150 B. C. E. Marble, h: 242 cm. Museo Pio Clementino, Vatican (Italy). Laocoön was a Trojan priest. When the Achaeans, who were holding Troy under siege, left the recognized Trojan horse on the beach, Laocoön attempted to warn the Trojan leaders opposed to bringing it into the city, fearing it was a trap. Athena, acting as helper and protector of the Greeks, punished Laocoön for his interference. She had him and his sons attacked via substantial snakes. In this recognized sculpture group, most likely a Roman reproduction of the Hellenistic original, one son breaks free of the snakes, looking back to see his father and brother being killed. The Baroque kind of the piece ties it to the Pergamon tuition. It shows the comparable drama, obvious in the straining muscle groups and the faces contorted in soreness. In fact, the pose of Laocoön seems to echo that of the giants battling the Olympic gods on the Pergamon Altar. fifty four. Agasias of Ephesus, The Fighting Warrior, known as the Borghese Gladiator, c. 100 B. C. E. Marble, h: 199 cm. Musée du Louvre, Paris (France). This Roman reproduction of a Greek unique dating, perhaps, to the fourth century B. C. E. , used to be rediscovered in the early seventeenth century and acquired by Cardinal Borghese. A wealthy relative of Pope Paul V, he collected hundreds of statues, many of which were ancient, some of which have been modern items in the sort of Antiquity.